Sphinx Moth caterpillar

#5502  Found in alpine ca. Today October 25, 3 inches long. Has little feet like caterpillar.

This is a caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Errinyis; likely E. ello – see http://tinyurl.com/o55glld  for an image. This species occurs from South America to the southern USA, and like many other species, the caterpillars can vary considerably in their appearance.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.