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About to change? - Isoparce cupressi

About to change? - Isoparce cupressi
Duval County, Florida, USA
September 13, 2012
Size: 3 inch?
I noticed that when I got close it would let go of the top set of hands/arms things and then flick a portion of it's body towards me as if it was some kinda weapon.

Moved from ID Request.

looks like
Isoparce cupressi..but will wait to hear from Ryan
it also looks like it may be shedding from 4th to 5th instar from the way it holds it head and the size..

isoparce cupressi
Yes, it is Isoparce cupressi, one of the Sphingidae with common name of Cypress or Baldcypress Sphinx.
I wish permission to add photo, credited to you?? full name??, to my Duval County Sphingidae larval thumbnail page at
Please send me an email at
Bill Oehlke
PS very nice photo!

I. cupressi
Yes, great photo!

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