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is that an eye at the top? - Erinnyis alope

is that an eye at the top? - Erinnyis alope
Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
November 3, 2010
one night i happened to notice on each of my 5 papaya trees, at the base of the trunks, each one had one of these caterpillar-like worms, all hanging upside down, and all in exactly the same position as the others. they were each approximately four inches long, and i was so astonished by their less than beautiful appearance that i had to photograph one close up,using a macro filter to capture the details.

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Moved from Erinnyis.

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Reminds me of Erinnyis...


...a kind of hornworm, or sphinx moth caterpillar, but not the "tomato hornworm."

Wait to see if the lep experts agree, though.

 
Definitely Erinnyis
I generally have trouble distinguishing the dark forms of E. alope and E. ello.

edit: After consulting Tuttle (2007) I will go with E. alope based on anal horn and host plant.

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