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Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar
© 2009 Daniel W. Reed
Though this is considered a fairly common species in the eastern U. S. there is no record of it in Tennessee (where this photo was taken). Thanks to my sister-in-law JoAnne Advey for locating these in her yard and providing them with her Pentas to eat. I should also note that these caterpillars are about the size of a person's finger.
Xylophanes tersa,Tersa Sphinx(Species)
Shooting Location: Old Hickory, Tennessee
Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D Camera, Canon EF180mm F/3.5L Macro USM Lens, 5 Sec.f/22.0 ISO=100 Old Hickory, Tennessee