Huge cat in my garden, but what is it?

Mesilla Park, NM

This guy is huge and fat. I think he fell off one of the plants and landed on the gravel below. Anyone know who he is? Thank you.. I added a fritillary cat to show size difference.


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Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Hello , I have seen similar here ,, looks like a Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillar ,, Lot of Sphinx Moth catagories ,,
Omnivores , they eat everything it seems like , I have Sphinx moth Cats eat everything from tomato leaves to willow leaves ,, That includes tomatoes , not as bad as Hornworms ,, ???

This message was edited Oct 14, 2014 2:08 PM

Mesilla Park, NM

Thank you for the info James... I've seen a couple of the black witch moths here and there, both the cat and the moths. This one has been munching on the hollyhocks.


Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Gourd, if you have the time, look at the images listed under the sphinx moth caterpillars here:

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