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Photo#306450
Large Caterpillar, well camouflaged - Sphecodina abbottii

Large Caterpillar, well camouflaged - Sphecodina abbottii
Westchester County, New York, USA
July 18, 2009
Size: Approx. 4"
Found on a vine (generic woodland creeper) about 4' from the ground. Remained still during the entire duration (about 5 minutes), perhaps readying itself to turn into a pupa - it certainly was a big and mature caterpillar. Note: the hump on its rear end - whether it used to be longer that was snipped off by some predator or meant to look that way to mimic the stump of the vine (just like the one it is attached to) I am not sure.

Any ID would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Thank you.
I should have recognized it from the top view pictures that were already here and I didn't realize the knob was meant to look like an eye.
It's good to know what it is now.

or read about it
here on BugGuide

abbotts
Species Sphecodina abbottii - Abbott's Sphinx - Hodges#7870
read about it here:
http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/Sphecodinaabbottiiss.htm
heres the moth:

they pupate in the ground.

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