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!!!