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Sphinx moth caterpillar - Sphinx

Sphinx moth caterpillar - Sphinx
Warren County, New York, USA
July 5, 2006
It looks like one of the Sphinx moths but which one I am unsure. Perhaps blinded sphinx (Paonia excaecatus) or walnut sphinx (Amorpha juglandis).

Moved from Clemens' Sphinx.

Poecila sphinx

Here's the same caterpillar I linked to below all grown up.
I do believe this is Sphinx poecila, though I am awaiting confirmation from the experts and/or rearing it out.

Sphinx poecila
This is a fourth instar Sphinx, near identical to one I recently photographed in Northern Ma ( ) and it's feeding on sweet gale (note the tiny golden punctations on the leaf), one of the favorite hostplants for Sphinx poecila and rarely if ever a hostplant for luscitiosa. I am waiting for my caterpillar to shed into a fifth to confirm an i.d. but I suspect that this individual and mine are of Sphinx poecilla.

Moved from ID Request.

sphinx luscitiosa, probably only third or fourth instar
is what both ryan and i thought, so i mailed Bill O and he agreed with us!

this is a good find, as these are fairly rare. lucky you to see such a thing.

Well if Bill agrees with us then it's a fact. I second that, nice find.

hard for me to say
It is a sphingid, but neither of those species. What is the plant that it was found on? That would help ID it.

This one is in the tribe Sphingini.

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