Common Caterpillars of SE Arizona

Manduca rustica

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In response to many inquires to the Butterflies of SE Arizona and the Moths of SE Arizona websites, here are a few of the most common caterpillars found in Urban areas of SE Arizona.

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Hawkmoths = Sphinx Moths ( Sphingidae)

Smooth larvae with an anal horn are generally hawkmoths. Four species are commonly found in urban areas.


The Rustic sphinx (Manduca rustica )


Great ash sphinx (Sphinx chersis )


The tomato and tobacco hornworns -- Carolina sphinx (Manduca sexta) and Five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata)

The caterpillars for these two species can be hard to tell apart, but the larvae cam be quite common on a wide variety of shurbs


White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata )



Silkmoths = ( Saturniidae)

Hubbard's small silkmoth (Sphingicampa hubbardi)


Juno buckmoth (Hemileuca juno)



Swallowtail Butterflies = ( Papilionidae)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)



Brush-footed butterflies = (Nymphalidae )

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata)