Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa
November 21, 2016 9:58 pm
My name is Abiodun. I live in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. I was at work one day and saw this caterpillar. After searching online and seeing similar pictures, I think it looks like a Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar. It’s actually the start of autumn here. Could you please confirm this. Thank you.
Signature: Abiodun Afolabi
While your individual is a look-alike of the Caterpillar of a Tersa Sphinx, it is a different species in the same family Sphingidae. We will attempt a species identification for you. Many caterpillars have evolved with large fake eyespots as a camouflage defense mechanism.
Identification: A special thanks to Bostjan Dvorak for identifying this Hornworm as Basiothia medea. There is an image of the Hornworm on INPN.