Caterpillars of the
World - Peru
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SPHINGIDAE
family Sphingidae comprises 200 genera and about 1200 known species
There are about 20 species in the genus
Eumorpha, found variously from Canada
Eumorpha fasciatus is distributed from
eastern Canada to Bolivia.
larva was found in primary rainforest, at an altitude of about 200m.
mature larva can be yellow, greenish-yellow, green and red,
or yellow and red; and the combinations of these colours can vary
from segment to segment on an individual larva. When young the larva
has a long and very thin caudal horn, but this is reduced to a stump
in the final instar. The white objects on the illustrated larva are
the cocoons of a parasitoid wasp.
The adult is very
similar in appearance to Eumorpha vitis
which is illustrated below.
Eumorpha vitis, female, Satipo, Peru ©
Rio Pindayo, Peru ©