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Tetrio Sphinx Caterpillar

Pseudosphinx tetrio


Large and colorful, black with lines neon green and bright orange head, feet and tail, it jerks side to side very violently when something comes close. I had 10 of them in muy garden Plumeria, when done with one of the trees they come to the second tree. This is the 3rd year they come, they stayed about 3 weeks eating away....(July 3 to July 23)


Gallery Forest. 900 Meters-3000 feet above sea level, next to Tanaka National Park, a Pasture , and in a Garden with Endemic trees, plants and flowers of Costa Rica.

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Thank you so much AntónioGinjaGinja and LaurenZarate.

LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Congratulations Gilma!! It's beautiful!

Great spotting Gilma,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Thank you so much DrNamgyalT.Sherpa, pamsai and maplemoth662 and everybody that like this spotting. I have not been to PN, for a while so it was nice to get Spotting of the Day...Specially since for first time is very windy and wet here in Costa Rica.....and Moth are not around.

Thank you DanielePralong...I have a thing for Moths and also for nice painted nails...Jajaja...

pamsai 2 years ago

Congrats Gilma... it's huge !

DanielePralong 2 years ago

You're welcome Gilma! Your hand not only provides scale for this impressively large cattie, but your nails add extra color too :-) A great image.

maplemoth662 2 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Thank you Felix Fleck.

Mark Ridgway...It took me a while to take the picture with the hand, they jerk side to side really hard when anything is close, but I had to show how huge they are..

Thank you so much, DanielePralong , this caterpillars are amazing...and I did not mind them eating all my Plumeria.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Congrats Gilma for the SOTD.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Very nice! Congrats.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Congrats Gilma.
Thanks for putting your hand in as I had no idea they are so large!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Gilma, your Tetrio Sphinx caterpillar is our Spotting of the Day for #NationalMothWeek :

This large Tetrio Sphinx caterpillar (Pseudosphinx tetrio) has earned the name of Rasta caterpillar on the island of Martinique, due to the resemblance of its bright color pattern to that of rastafarian clothing. Native to the tropical and subtropical Americas, Pseudosphinx tetrio counts several Plumeria species as its hosts.

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Alfaro, Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 23, 2018
Submitted on Jul 25, 2018

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