Ficus Sphinx Caterpillar

Hello –
This little (?) critter was found on our doorstep and I was hoping you could give us some information on it. My grandson is studying insects in school and this would be a great addition. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
Cz DiRosario

Hi Cz,
This is a Ficus Sphinx Caterpillar, Pachylia ficus. There are several color variations for the caterpillar, and this is the most striking. While it is admirable that you are assisting your grandson on his project, we hope you will not give him all the answers and allow him to participate in the research process. This would of course depend upon the extent to which he accesses the internet.

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