Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Tetrio Sphinx, Giant Gray Sphinx, Frangipani Hornworm, Plumeria Caterpillar

Pseudosphinx tetrio

Description:

More than a dozen of these nearly 6" long caterpillars were clustered together at eye level on a trio of small trees. They are said to bite, but more than that, they have a nasty taste and predators avoid them. I noticed that their tails (tiny, black, at the rear) wag and wiggle like a dog tail. They morph into a sphinx moth.

Habitat:

I don't know what kind of tree they were defoliating, but Wikipedia says they like particularly like Plumeria (frangipani) tree leaves, and will completely defoliate a tree in time.

Notes:

When my camera got too close, they whipped their front ends back and forth, making it hard to get a good photo.

No species ID suggestions

Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.53, Long: -72.32

Spotted on Dec 31, 2010
Submitted on Jan 31, 2016

Related spottings

Tetrio sphinx Pseudosphinx Tetrio caterpillar Sphinx Tetrio Sphinx (larva)

Nearby spottings

Golden silk orb-weaver mushroom Giant Bird Snake, Yellow-bellied Puffing Snake Brown-throated Sloth, Three-toed Sloth