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What is this? - Pseudosphinx tetrio

What is this? - Pseudosphinx tetrio
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
December 23, 2011
Does anyone know what type of caterpillar this is?

So I see That the date for th
So I see That the date for this picture is December. Sweet I will be visiting the region so I'm curious if I could find the species. I myself getting messed up with the dates ( you have no idea haha) so I can understand, but are you sure this picture was taken in December. Thanks

Picture Date
Yes the picture was taken in december. It was taken inside Zoo Miami, We really only go to the Zoo at around december/January when its cooler outside. Miami is just way to hot the rest of the time. They were all over at the time, we saw a zoo keeper taking photo's and asked what they were. She said she goes around each morning and takes pictures and had not seen these before and did not know what they where. Said she would have to do some research on them later in the day to try and find out what they were. They were huge, probably the biggest caterpillar's I have seen in person.

Were these in a "Butterfly House" or part of some exhibit? If they were captive raised indoors the date may be misleading.

They were wild, inside the zoo but not part of the zoo as in the zoo did not bring them or put them their. They were on the tree's and all over on the floor/sidewalk. The exact place that this picture was taken was along the walking path at the far end of the lake next to a huge metal sculpture of an eagle.

Moved from Frass.

Moved from ID Request. ID given, many good images already in the guide, no collection date, poorly cropped, text over image, not needed in the guide.

Closer cropped photo?
Michael, welcome to Bug Guide!
Do you have a much closer cropped photo without the text over the subject, that we could keep in the guide?
Examples of cropping can be found in the guide here.


Is that good?
Is that good?

Tetrio Sphinx cat…
See reference here.

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