Subject: Snail like creature
Location: Carlsbad California
October 19, 2015 4:51 am
I found this slug type creature in my garage one morning. When I moved it outside I saw several legs on the back side. It was living When I came home from work it was gone. Can you please identify it for me.
Very curious.
Signature: Darcie Gorman

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Darcie,
This Hornworm is a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar, and it is a species with a highly variably colored caterpillar, but this image on BugGuide matches the coloration on your individual.  It is most likely getting ready to pupate, and it will do that after digging into the earth when it finds a suitable location.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas), jimsonweed (Datura spp.), pawpaw (Asimina spp.), and other plants in the Potato (Solanaceae) and Morning-glory (Convolvulaceae) families.”  That would indicate you have one of those plants nearby.  Datura is a common roadside plant in Southern California.

Location: Carlsbad, California

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