Subject: Interesteing Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug: Coastal Berbice, Guyana, SA
Time: 07:08 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Had this in my house this morning. Think the cat brought it in. Just wondering what kind it is and what it will turn in to. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed: Troy Kozza
This is the caterpillar of a moth in the family Sphingidae, and most members of the family have caterpillars with a caudal horn, so they are called Hornworms. Your individual is a member of the genus Eumorpha, and many caterpillars from that genus lose the horn during the molting process, and they are left with a caudal bump. We quickly identified your individual as the caterpillar of the Gaudy Sphinx, Eumorpha labruscae, thanks to images posted to Sphingidae of the Americas. When the caterpillar is threatened, it can retract its head, and a marking on the bottom which resembles an eyespot, causes the caterpillar to look like a small snake, which effectively frightens many predators, especially birds. The adult Gaudy Sphinx is a gorgeous green moth.