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Xylophanes falco


Dry matorral, near an area with many Quercus.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Tobacco Horn Worm (Sphinx or Hawk Moth)
Manduca sexta UNL Entomology: Insect Biology: Tobacco Hornworm

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me.riamfb 9 years ago

NicholeSauve and craigwilliams: Thank you for the information!!... I´m searching for hawkmoths and different genus of the Sphingidae family, but there are many that look similar because of fake eyes, horns, etc.. like some species of eumorpha and manduca, but I think it´s very similar to Xylophanes falco,( ) because of the distribution and because there were plants of the Rubiaceae family in the area.. I think there was also Bauvardia glaberrima according to a floristic list we made for University. But I would like to know other ideas! :)

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Lovely spotting and great catepillar!

NicholeSauve 9 years ago

I suppose you could go with a more wide classification of the sphinx, or as craigwilliams said, hawk moth species. If I ever find a more particular name for that specific caterpillar I'll let you know. = )

NicholeSauve 9 years ago

I believe this is some form of Sphinx caterpillar from what I keep coming across.

Here is the Tersa Sphinx:

Try searching these also: Gaudy Sphinx, white-lined sphinx, Falcon sphinx, Hermit sphinx, Pluto sphinx. I've come across many different dark, large headed, fake-eyed sphinx species that look very similar to what you have, many with rear horns as well.

Here is yours I'm mostly positive, but I can't find the name yet. I'll keep you updated.

NicholeSauve 9 years ago

Wow! What an awesome caterpillar!

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Hello & welcome to Noah! This is very cool indeed!
Its some kind of Hawkmoth caterpillar but beyond that for your area I'm stuck:
I hope someone can ID the species.

KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot!
Welcome to Project Noah!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago


Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Amazing catepillar!

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Spotted on Oct 6, 2011
Submitted on Dec 16, 2011

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