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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Identifying a mystery caterpillar...

While weeding on Sunday I found this really cool caterpillar munching on some Virginia Creeper.  I reached for my handy-dandy ID books, but couldn't find anything on this creature.  

My next step was to hit the Internet.  Caterpillars are very interesting.  You can quickly find lots of photos of butterflies and moths, but this stage in their development seems to be harder to document.  

Finally, this morning I had luck on the Internet.  I found out that this is a Pandora Sphinx Moth.  As a caterpillar, it might have been green in it's earlier stages and had an antenna before I found it too.  Very cool!  

A helpful site in my identifying this guy was by Bill Oehlke.  Thanks Bill!  This mystery is solved.  

2 comments:

lisa said...

If you go to Bill's site you'll now find a link to this picture! He e-mailed me just a bit ago...how cool is that!

~Lisa :)

Stella said...

Very cool!

~Stella