Subject: caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug: St Petersburg FL
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, I was just hoping you might be able to help me identify this large caterpillar found on my fence this morning
How you want your letter signed: Thanks, NAS
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species. Though your individual reminds us of the Hornworm of a Ficus Sphinx, it is not one of the typical color variations we see in that species. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification
Update: November 1, 2018
We received several comments indicating this is a member of the genus Erinnyis, and Cesar Crash provided this BugGuide link to the Alope Sphinx larva.