Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 10:34 AM EDT
Is this a privet hawk moth caterpillar?  We found this on our cement patio November 9, 2017. It was around 6:00pm. We placed it in the dirt. Found it dead the next morning where we left it.
How you want your letter signed:  Jill

Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Jill,
In our opinion, this looks like a Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar, a common species in Arizona, and its pink coloration indicates it is pre-pupal.  It is possible that the dirt where you placed it was too hard for it to dig, and that it has begun metamorphosis without going underground.

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

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