Subject: Caterpillar – Manu Reserve Zone, Peru
Location: Manu Reserve Zone, Peru
October 16, 2016 12:19 pm
We found this lovely caterpillar just off a river bank. It was pretty large and eating the plant it was on.
This is the Caterpillar of a Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus, and because it is a species also found in North America, we quickly recognized it. The caterpillars of the Banded Sphinx are quite variable, and this is probably the most dramatic color pattern. We verified its identity by matching it to this BugGuide image, and we verified on Sphingidae of the Americas that the species if found in Peru. Duty calls us away from the office for a few days, so we will be post-dating your submission to go live during our absence later in the week.