Nessus Sphinx caterpillar?

24 10 2010

After over an hour of research, I have concluded that this might be a Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis) caterpillar. I photographed it in my parent’s front yard in San Antonio, Texas. I’m concluding from my research that the caterpillar is about 3-4 weeks old and is looking for a place to pupate. If I’m correct on my identification, the moth will emerge from its larvae pupae looking like this one here. I photographed it last night with my camera phone (you can just imagine how not stellar those images were). My dad charged the battery in his Nikon D40x overnight and I was able to use that this afternoon to capture this (much better) image!

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24 10 2010
Mary Ellen Ryall

Hi Cindy, I have photographed the Sphinx moth also known as the hummingbird moth because it looks like a hummingbird when it nectars. It has a very fast wing beat and long porposcis. I have never seen the capterpillar stage before. This is a wonderful shot considering I wonder how many have ever seen the Sphinx at this stage of its life?

25 10 2010
Scott Thomas Photography

It look dangerous. 🙂 Love the red banding and the the old Nikon 40x did good.

27 10 2010
photographyfree4all

Great shot! he does have something to look forward to – one day he’ll be beautiful!! Not that he’s not right now. 🙂

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