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!
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):
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.
Some of my guests from the past week.
1. Jumping spider (Colonus sp.)
2. Potter wasp
3. Juvenile Texas spiny lizard
4. Flower weevil
5. Billbug snout beetle
6. Longhorn bee
7. Green anole (being purple cuz they change colors
9. Bird grasshopper (their poops are HUGE and look like caterpillars, I was confused for a while!)
10. Carolina sphinx moth and Scissors grinder cicada