Subject:  Mysterious orange caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Belize
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 11:46 PM EDT
Trying to identify this caterpillar that came in from a shoot in Belize. The caterpillar climbs up this stand of silk.
How you want your letter signed:  Adam

Hornworm: Possibly Eumorpha species

Dear Adam,
This is an early instar Hornworm from the family Sphingidae, and it looks to us like it might be in the genus
Eumorpha, a group that has many members that shed the caudal horn in later, more mature instars, leaving a caudal bump instead of a horn.  We could not locate any images on Sphingidae of the Americas that looks similar, but often very young, recently hatched instars are not well represented in images.  This BugGuide image of a Gaudy Sphinx Caterpillar, second instar, is the closest visual match we could locate.

Awesome! That at least gives us a direction to go off of!

Location: Belize

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