nanonaturalist: nanonaturalist: I got a ladde…

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

I got a ladder out at 1 am and climbed into a tree to get this fat sausage who keeps his arms completely retracted into his neck???

Vine Sphinx moth caterpillar
July 5, 2018 (3 am…)

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I set up a nice viney enclosure for the fat sausage. You see the vine he’s on? He stripped it completely bare. When I came back to check on him later, he had managed to break the vine loose from the attachment (so fat!) and was just helplessly dangling on his barren vine.

I found more (different) caterpillars on some possum grape vines I intended to feed him, and found a BUNCH of eggs. My bet is they are more vine sphinx eggs. !!!

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Above: the other babies (they look like grapeleaf skeletonizer moths, but there’s a second species that looks identical until adulthood)

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Above: Vine Sphinx egg?!

July 6, 2018

Guess who’s here?

August 6/7, 2018

It’s a girl 😭