Subject: What kind of caterpillar is it?
Location: Asuncion, Paraguay
April 1, 2016 9:59 am
Hi! I found this caterpillar in my backyard, is almost 5 inches long, the horn on the tail is grey-ish, it has small little hairs all over but very little in cuantity too, small brown/yellow spots, and a white line on the back that connects both sides of it with the horn…
I’ve tried to find on the Internet one that looks exactly like that one, there are a few ones that look a bit alike but there is not an exact match, and I know every detail counts.
Signature: Thank you guys so much!
We believe this Hornworm in the family Sphingidae is Cocytius antaeus based on images posted to Bizland. We will contact Bill Oehlke for verification. We suspect he may request the use of your images for his site if you will allow. Do you know the type of tree the Hornworm was feeding upon?
No problem, use the images how ever you guys want! And the tree is a custard apple tree… and again thank you guys!
Bill Oehlke Concurs
Yes, It is Cocytius antaeus. It is also nice to know specific location at least one level below national level, the more specific the better.
Thanks for thinking of me.