What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Death head hawkmoth
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 07/15/2018
Time: 02:03 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is a picture of the bug I saw in Florida
How you want your letter signed:  Jennifer Bouchard

Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Jennifer,
As we indicated when you commented that you found a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar in Florida:  “We suspect you saw a different related Hornworm that is native to North America.”  Now that you have submitted an image, we can confirm that not only did not not see a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, we can tell you that you did see a Rustic Sphinx Caterpillar.  There are images on Sphingidae of the Americas to confirm your sighting.  There is a strong resemblance between these two caterpillars from the same family, despite the miles that separate their ranges.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

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