Subject: Caterpillar identification
Location: Cape Town South Africa
April 11, 2016 1:39 am
Hi there. We have found 5 of these caterpillars eating our star jasmine in april in Cape Town South Africa.
Could you please identify them for us so that we can find out what moth/butterfly hey turn into for our home schooling class.
It is about 70mm long.
See attached photos.
Many thanks paige,Matt and Scott
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Dear Paige, Matt and Scott,
Your images of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Acherontia atropos, are wonderful. Though we have no shortage of this species from South Africa on our site, the coloring on your individual is especially bold and it matches this iSpot image. The common name refers to the skull-like pattern on the thorax of the adult Death’s Head Hawkmoth.