What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: huge caterpillars
Location: little brak river south Africa
January 8, 2015 9:05 am
Hi there,
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

Hornworm

Coelonia fulvinotata Hornworm

Dear Julia,
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.

Hornworm

Coelonia fulvinotata Hornworm

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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Little Brak River, South Africa

2 Responses to Hornworm from South Africa is Coelonia fulvinotata

  1. Bostjan Dvorak says:

    What a phantastic finding!
    These are caterpillars of Coelonia fulvinotata.
    Thank You very much for sharing, and for this wonderful website.

    Best wishes for a healthy, happy, lucky and moth-rich year 2015!
    Bostjan Dvorak

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