Pseudosphinx Tetrio caterpillar, frangapani hawkmoth
Each caterpillar can eat three leaves per day, then into the tree. Nothing eats them as the plumeria sap is toxic (But not to them!).
The caterpillars will do no harm to your tree. This time of year the leaves drop anyways. Let these beautiful caterpillars have a meal. If they are removed, they will die.These do not bite, have hairs or other scary things said about them. They are velvet soft, only eat leaves. Live and let live.
They are BIG! About 4" long at full size. They are so cute!
Top photograph by Trevor Sainsbury, second photograph by Coleen Creeden
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