Subject: large yelolow and purple caterpillar
Location: Philippines, 390 meters ASl.
March 6, 2016 7:16 pm
This morning I found this 7 or so inch long caterpillar happily hanging upside down on our sweet potato plant. Just wondering if you can identify and let me know what it becomes?
thanks in advance,
Signature: The Old Man
Dear Old Man,
This Hornworm is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar in the genus Acherontia, either Acherontia lachesis or Acherontia styx, as both species are reported from the Philippines. More information can be found on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic.
Thanks! My amazement at the small creatures in our garden is only exceeded by my ignorance.