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Dry matorral, near an area with many Quercus.
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! :)
Lovely spotting and great catepillar!
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...
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...
Wow! What an awesome caterpillar!
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/SphingidaeI hope someone can ID the species.
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Spotted on Oct 6, 2011 Submitted on Dec 16, 2011
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