Beautiful Saturniid Caterpillar
Subject: Not sure about this little friends
Location: Panama, Chiriqui province
November 3, 2014 7:48 am
Here in Panamá is common the encounters with worms if you live near forest zones. Here two species that I want to know more about. I think the fist one can be a hawkmoth caterpillar and the second one maybe a silkmoth caterpillar. Thanks in advance, bugman.
We agree with your identifications, but alas, we haven’t the time right now to investigate further. Your images and the caterpillars are both wonderful. We believe the Silkmoth Caterpillar may be in the genus Automeris, or a closely related genus. Perhaps one of our readers can investigate this further. We will also try to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he has any ideas.
Nice pictures of amazing animals!
The Saturnid caterpillar is probably of an Automeris species indeed.
The Sphingid caterpillar is most likely a Manduca pellenia.
Nice wishes from Berlin,
We will search for some appropriate links.
Ed. Note November 4, 2014: Identification submissions to What’s That Bug? can include three attachments and very few folks actually attach all three. In instances where three images are submitted, we generally only post two. We are retroactively amending this posting to contain the third image as all three are so beautiful.