Tetrio Sphinx

black caterpillar with yellow stripes and red ends (Brazil)
November 6, 2009
I spotted this huge caterpillar here in Rio de Janeiro and now I wonder what it is, and if it will turn into some beautiful butterfly one day! Can you help me? Thank you!
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar
Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Anne,
This gorgeous caterpillar is a Tetrio Sphinx, Pseudosphinx tetrio.  It feeds on Plumeria.  It is primarily a Caribbean and South American species, but it is also found in Florida and  other southern states.  You may read more about the Tetrio Sphinx on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.

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