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Or maybe a grub?

Along the highway between Santa Margarita and Carrizo Plain NM.

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Posted by sea-kangaroo over 3 years ago (Flag)
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I think it's a sphinx moth... do you have other pictures? Or information about what it was dining on? Bill Oehlke's site is usually helpful; although these catepillars can have a confusing variety of patterns and colors.

Posted by icosahedron over 3 years ago (Flag)
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I put up a couple more photos, though they're not much better. Looks like it has a dark red head, though. I couldn't get very close as it was on the other side of a fence, so didn't see what it was eating/doing, but it was just in the short vegetation of a cow pasture.

Posted by sea-kangaroo over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Great mystery here!

Posted by boomersoonerintexas about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Sphinx Moths - Photo (c) anonymous, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
screws's ID: Sphinx Moths (Family Sphingidae)
Posted by screws over 2 years ago (Flag)
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I don't know what else it could be (doesn't mean it isn't something else), but I have no idea which sphinx it is...as someone else mentioned, the colors and patterns are confusing.

Posted by screws over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Sphinx Moths - Photo (c) anonymous, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
sea-kangaroo's ID: Sphinx Moths (Family Sphingidae)
Posted by sea-kangaroo over 2 years ago (Flag)
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I wonder if it's not our old friend Hyles lineata.

Posted by icosahedron over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Sphinx Moths - Photo (c) anonymous, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
sea-kangaroo's ID: Sphinx Moths (Family Sphingidae)
Sphinx Moths - Photo (c) anonymous, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
screws's ID: Sphinx Moths (Family Sphingidae)
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