Subject:  Tiger Swallowtail Catepillar?
Geographic location of the bug:  Memphis, TN
Date: 11/03/2017
Time: 11:35 AM EDT
Can you advise what this is?
How you want your letter signed:  MB

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear MB,
While it contains eyespots similar to those of the Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar, your individual is actually a Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar.  They are frequently found feeding on Pentas in the garden.

Thanks for the quick response, so does this caterpillar morph into a large brown moth?
Hi again Mark,
The adult Tersa Sphinx is a most brown, and very aerodynamic moth.
Location: Memphis, Tennessee

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