Fig Sphinx Caterpillar from Ecuador

Location: Rio Napr Ecuador
May 6, 2011 6:53 pm
I have a photo of a caterpillar taken in the rio nape region of ecuador and would like to no the species please
Many thanks
Signature: Mark Whittaker

Fig Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Mark,
This gargantuan caterpillar is a Fig Sphinx Caterpillar,
Pachylia ficus, and it ranges from the southern portions of the U.S. into South America.  The color pattern is quite distinctive, but the species is quite variable and there are also brown and green morphs which you may see in our archives as well as on the wonderful Sphingidae of the Americas website.

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