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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…)


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. !!!


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


Above: Vine Sphinx egg?!

July 6, 2018

Looks like my profile pic!

Hello @viral-inflection! Your profile pic is a Polyphemus Moth caterpillar! They are a type of silk moth (not closely related to sphinx moths), and they are also VERY large.


This bab turns into:

A beautiful large boy 😭

August 8, 2018

I found a Polyphemus the other day!!!

They’re truly breathtaking!!!!

😭 I love him!!!