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Cat - Proserpinus

Cat - Proserpinus
Murrieta, Riverside County, California, USA
April 5, 2009
Size: 3/8 in diameter 3 in long
Found at the Santa Rosa Plateau. about 3/8 inch in diameter & 3 inches long. No hair.

Any thoughts on this new post?

Moved from Frass.
Someone else will probably frass it eventually, but I don't mind either way.
Have you considered becoming an editor yourself, by the way?

Moved from Sphinx Moths.

I think maybe this should be saved? I don't think Proserpinus clarkia and luicidus larva are commonly seen, and this is one of the few photos we have on the guide, other than my photos from a different region of CA.

Also, I think a species id is possible, even with the grainy photo (and that it will be luicidus, because of the date and markings), although I did not try to take it to species.

I understand the poor quality of the image makes it less useful, but the paucity of images on the web makes me think we might want to save t at least for now?

Either way, saved or frassed, I totally respect your decision, and I'm not at all trying to interfere.

I really appreciate all the work you do to help keep this site working. Thank you very much.



Certainly a sphinx moth
maybe Proserpinus or Sphecodina or something close

Yes, Proserpinus
This is a Proserpinus larva, I suspect P. lucidus because of the date, but I cannot personally rule out clarkia right now.

Certainly a sphinx moth
maybe Proserpinus or Sphecodina

...and welcome to BugGuide!

I just thought I would mention that you may have more success obtaining an ID for your image if you crop it so that the caterpillar's markings are easier to see. Everyone (other than the editors of the site) can only see your image at a maximum of 560 pixels per side. If you choose to crop your photo, simply click "edit" on your submission and then re-browse to select and upload the new image file.

Nice-looking caterpillar! I am curious to find out what it will become...

Found one of these in Michigan
Anyone know what type of caterpillar this is?