Larvae ID

Chris Conlan conlan at
Thu Sep 21 23:54:00 EDT 2000

It still could be a Sphingid.  Many Eumorpha species dump the horn in the 
last instar (replaced by a raised spot) and from the sound of it yours was
in the final instar.  I'm guessing it was probably Eumorpha pandora (the
Pandora Sphinx) from your description and location.


From: sebrez at
To: leps-l at
Subject: Larvae ID
Date: Thu, Sep 21, 2000, 5:29 PM

Sighted a large caterpillar 3" long and 1/2 to 3/4" wide. It was feeding
on wild grape leaves in upstate New York. It was a grey-brown color,
maybe just a tinge of green. There were 8-10 white spots along each side
which varied in size from approximately 2 to 4 mm. No hair or spikes. My
first thought was some type of sphinx, but I'm thinking sphinx have a
horn on the tail end and this one didn't. Any help?


mail to: sebrez at

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