Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Subject: can’t find this one online
Location: Homer, AK
September 9, 2016 2:57 pm
Location Homer, Alaska, date yesterday 9/8/16. Thanks!!
Signature: T.Smith

Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar
Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear T. Smith,
This is a Hornworm in the family Sphingidae, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site, there are only five species found in Alaska.  This is a Bedstraw Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hyles gallii, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “Hyles gallii ranges coast to coast in Canada (into the Yukon) and southward along the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It is also widely distributed throughout Europe and Asia.  Ken Philip reports it in Alaska from early June until mid July in the Haines Region and also in Ivotuk Hills near Otuk Creek on the North Slope.”

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