Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

  Sighting 914622

Tetrio sphinx
Pseudosphinx tetrio

Observation date: July 24, 2013
Date notes: Caterpillar first observed in late July, 2013. Host Plant plumeria pudica (bridal veil). I have contained caterpillar and continued to feed. It has grown from 2 to over three inches long in about 10 days. It has shed its skin once and ate the cast, all but what covered the head and tail. The tail moves and swings around when caterpillar is disturbed. I tried to identify its species on discoverlife.org but when I entered "banded" for body pattern, "none" for hair density, and "tail" for distinct features it came back that it did not exist.
Submitted by: dennie
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Caterpillar found on Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL. Weather is subtropical, hot and humid this time of year. Never any frost. Host plant is plumeria pudica (bridal veil).
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: August 05, 2013
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida, Monroe County