Subject: Large brown and white caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug: Pretoria, South Africa
Time: 05:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Good day, can you please tell me what the name of this caterpillar is and what its moth looks like? It’s the first time ever I’ve encountered such a caterpillar on my property. The photo was taken at mid day in late summer. I have found a few iStock photos of the same variant, but it unfortunately doesn’t identify the caterpillar.
How you want your letter signed: Sincerely, Anette
This is a more uncommon color variation of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar, Acherontia atropos, a caterpillar that is more typically bright yellow and green. The markings on the body of the adult moth are thought to resemble a skull, hence the common name Death’s Head Hawkmoth.
Thank you very much for your reply.
It is much appreciated.