This caterpillar was spotted munching grape leaves, on a trail in Pickering, Ontario,Canada during the month of September. Only one individual was spotted.
Any idea who this is?
I spend lots of time outdoors, but this is my first time ever seeing a caterpillar like this. Perhaps this is a new addition to the local ecosystem?
Thank you Moni for everything you do! I’ve been learning new things thanks to you 🙂
Your caterpillar is the pandorus sphinx caterpillar.
The moths in the sphinx (Sphingidae) family all have a fighter jet like shape.
These are found in North America basically east of the Rockies.
These larvae are quite spectacular. They can be reddish orange like you found or green. The caterpillars do eat grape leaves, porcelain vine (Ampelopsis sp) as well as Virginia creeper.
The adult moths have a long proboscis or feeding tube for gathering nectar from flowers. They look a little like small hummingbirds feeding at night.