Caterpillars of the
World - Peru
ROTHSCHILD & JORDAN, 1903
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SPHINGIDAE
Tribe - PHILAMPELINI
Eumorpha triangulum 4th instar larva,
Satipo, Peru ©
family Sphingidae comprises 200 genera and about 1200 known species
has a wide distribution, occurring from Belize and Guatemala to
species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at altitudes
between about 100-1000m.
5th instar larva, Satipo, Peru ©
Eumorpha triangulum lays it's pale
green eggs singly on the foodplants
Saurauia and Cissus.
In the first instar the
caterpillar's thin anal horn is about half of it's body length, but
becomes shorter in the later instars. The caterpillar turns pinkish
just prior to pupation, and pupates just below the surface of the
The long thin pupa is
brown, shiny, and has a spiky cremaster.
The adult moth is
patterned in shades of olive-brown, and when at rest resembles a
bunch of dead leaves.
It has a wingspan of about 100-130mm.