Fig Sphinx Caterpillar from Dominican Republic

Subject: Pretty Worm
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
August 29, 2016 5:46 am
I saw this huhe worm in the park in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic. It was about the length of my large hand and a bout as fat as my fat thumb. It also had a decent weight to it. I moved t under a tree so it would be some what safe. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Dominican Gringa

Fig Sphinx Caterpillar
Fig Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Dominican Gringa,
This impressive caterpillar is a Fig Sphinx Caterpillar,
Pachylia ficus , a species that can be quite variable in coloration.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas “Larvae pupate in cocoons spun amongst leaf litter” and finding it on the ground indicates it is probably seeking an appropriate location to begin metamorphosis.

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