Subject: huge caterpillars
Location: little brak river south Africa
January 8, 2015 9:05 am
I found some peculiar caterpillars in my garden in littlrebrak river, South Africa. There was a pair and they seemed to be fighting possibly? They were huge and had tails much like a sausage dogs, along with large heads and small horns.
I moved them to a bush in an open field near by.
I would love to know what they were!!
Signature: Julia Neethling
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae, but we are not certain of the species. We will attempt some research and hopefully we will be able to provide you with a species name soon. We did not locate any matching images on iSpot, however, we began to have trouble after page 4.
Update: Coelonia fulvinotata
Thanks to a comment from Bostjan Dvorak, we have been informed that this is a Coelonia fulvinotata Hornworm, a species we already have represented in our archive. More information is available on African Moths.