Banded Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha fasciatus)
… family Sphingidae. It is found from central South America, through Central America, the Caribbean, to the SE United States. Adults are on wing year round in the tropics, but in the north, there are at least two generations with adults on wing from the end of May to July.
The larvae feed on Ludwigia, Magnolia virginiana, and a variety of other species of plant. The larvae are highly variable in patterning and depth of colour. Pupation takes place in subterranean burrows.
Omg I totally had one of these a few years back
I found the big caterpillar crawling around by my pond and wanted to know what it was so i took it home
And put it in a little terrarium with some dirts
And then I had a glorious moth in a few months and I let it go