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Black and yellow caterpillar - Pseudosphinx tetrio

Black and yellow caterpillar - Pseudosphinx tetrio
Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Date photos taken is unknown

Moved from ID Request.

Definitely Pseudosphinx tetrio. Adults of this tropical species are known to stray north, however, larval sightings in the north are unlikely due to this species' association with Frangipani, a tropical plant.

It is possible that a gravid female strayed north and oviposited on an ornamental planting of Frangipani.... regardless, an interesting record.

Assuming that you properly set the date on your camera... DateTimeOriginal - 2012:07:18 10:25:48
Check out the files exif data for more info.

We don't think this is seen outside of Florida
Do you have the location wrong? Or maybe you were in a butterfly garden?

The picture was taken at long
The picture was taken at long branch nature center which does have a small butterfly garden. But it was definitely in Arlington.

Tetrio Sphinx - Hodges#7830 (Pseudosphinx tetrio)

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