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Oruga

Xylophanes falco

Habitat:

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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9 Comments

me.riamfb
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,( http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/xfalco ) 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
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Lovely spotting and great catepillar!

NicholeSauve
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. = )

http://entomology.unl.edu/k12/caterpilla...

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 9 years ago

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

Here is the Tersa Sphinx:
http://bugsinthenews.info/wp-content/upl...

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.
http://gallery.pictopia.com/natgeo/galle...

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 9 years ago

Wow! What an awesome caterpillar!

craigwilliams
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae
I hope someone can ID the species.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot!
Welcome to Project Noah!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Cool!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Amazing catepillar!

me.riamfb
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Mexico

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

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