Subject: Mystery caterpillar?
Location: Palm beach, Florida
December 9, 2015 12:22 pm
Hi, my step mom just posted this caterpillar photo from her garden in Florida and I was hoping you could help us identify it!
Signature: Thanks in advance! Chais
This is a Sphinx Caterpillar in the genus Erinnyas, and we are not certain if it is the Alope Sphinx, Erinnyis alope, which is pictured on BugGuide, or the Ello Sphinx, Erinnyis ello, which is also pictured on BugGuide. Both caterpillars are known to feed on the leaves of Papaya. We will check with Bill Oehlke to see if he can determine the species.