Subject: Horny catipiller
Location: North Carolina coast
October 7, 2014 3:33 pm
What is this my daughter found it and was playing with it
This is a Pre-Pupal Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar, and though they feed on other plants, they are especially fond of Pentas, so we suspect there are some growning nearby. This individual is likely searching for a good place to dig beneath the surface so it can pupate. See BugGuide images of the metamorphosis of a Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar.