Category: sphinx moth

vampiremasochist:

My larvae are dummy thicc and the clap of their poo falling on plastic keeps alerting the dog

The Polyphemus poo falling sounded like a soothing hailstorm (I had a lot of them)

August 30, 2019

caterpillar-gifs:

Carolina Sphinx caterpillar (AKA Tobacco Hornworm) doing a robot dance on some fancypants heirloom tomatoes

Babe I met in a garden yesterday!

May 31, 2019

Bugfingers

White moth = saltmarsh moth
Brown moth = walnut sphinx (remember the screaming caterpillar?)
Green stink bug
Brown stink bug

I wanted a moth on every finger, but couldn’t find enough. So I settled for bugs. But the green stinker wouldn’t cooperate, walked over the sphinx’s face, made him pee all over me, then walked over the saltmarsh moth’s face, peed on me himself, then flew off. Rude!

March 25, 2019

creosoteyote submitted:

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Just got our first White Lined Sphinx Moth of the year!!

YESSS!!!!! Three of my sphinxes have popped out of their pupae so far! Both of the Tersas and one of the Walnuts (I need to post the photos!)

Our babies are COMING to US!!!

March 22, 2019

caterpillar-gifs:

Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillar

New baby! Another gift, already spinning a leaf cocoon!

December 15, 2018

nanonaturalist:

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

More Walnut Sphinx!

The video was from the day he starting digging his pupation hole, so you can’t see his cute little face. Here he is before he turned into a mud-covered piggy:

Triangle face!

A little dirty…

Breaded and ready to cook! (In his pupa)

The adults are BEAUTIFUL little sphinxes:

October 18, 2018

In celebration of my HAVING INTERNET AT HOME, allow me to share one of my new babies.

This is a Walnut Sphinx caterpillar. They scream when you touch them. It’s to scare off birds. It works on humans too.

October 18, 2018

caterpillar-gifs:

Snowberry Clearwing caterpillar making a cocoon

patchesthecryptid:

@nanonaturalist what kinda beautiful friend is this? It looks like a cross between a vine sphinx and a rosy maple

iNat to the rescue!

It is a Sphinx moth for sure (wing shape!). The species is Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) and it’s native to Eurasia and northern Africa. Also, BEAUTIFUL 😍

September 14, 2018

What do you do if your baby catterpiliar doesn't eat the plant you give it? I found what I thought to be an azalea sphinx moth and it laid eggs in the jar I caught it in. According to Google they eat azalea so I went to Lowe's and bought some. I put a sprig of leaves for it to eat but it just crawls around on it. Did I misidentify the moth?

It’s possible you mid-identified the moth. The Azalea Sphinx moth looks very similar to the Virginia Creeper Sphinx (they are in the same genus):

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I’ve never seen an Azalea Sphinx myself, but the above photo is a Virginia Creeper Sphinx. Their caterpillars eat vines, like peppervine, Virginia creeper, and grape leaves. 

How old is your caterpillar? They usually don’t start eating for several hours after hatching. Unfortunately, all the newborn Sphinx moths essentially look the same.

Good luck!!

September 13, 2018