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Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar

This is a discussion on Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I found this fat caterpillar crawling in my backyard and I doubt that it hatched ...

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    Default Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar

    I found this fat caterpillar crawling in my backyard and I doubt that it hatched here. It does not appear to be "local".

    Some research on the internet shows that it is a caterpillar of a Privet Hawk Moth. I have never seen those around here so I am not quite sure how this little guy made it here.
    I'm not sure if it is a pest or not, but for now I am placing it in a jar and send it to my mother's day care center for the kids to enjoy.

    The internet says that it feeds on privet, lilac and ash. I dont think those trees are local here too lol.

    This must have been dropped by a bird from somewhere else.

    I dont have any pictures of it yet, but I will try to take some later. It is quite big, about 4 inches long, half an inch wide with white diagonal stripes along the body.

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    Interesting, would love to see the picture. I do grow lilacs in my garden here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    Interesting, would love to see the picture. I do grow lilacs in my garden here.
    Hmmm. Do you think this caterpillar survived the flight from Thousand Oaks to Riverside on a bird's beak? hehehe.
    Maybe I can get the bird to take him back

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    Here is a picture of the caterpillar. I'm not sure if it is sick or just not moving because it is afraid of me.

    Does anyone know if this is in fact a privet hawk moth caterpillar?


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    Default Wild Cherry Sphinx

    I think it is more likely to be the Wild Cherry Sphinx Sphinx drupiferarum. I'm pretty sure Privets are an Old World species. The two are remarkably similar.

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    cool 'pillar!!!! He looks menacing

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    That's a 'tobacco hornworm', Manduca sexta , aka tomato worm as they are commonly found chomping on tomato plants (though apparently they are actually two different but related species -- the REAL tomato worm is Manduca quinquemaculata)

    http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/field/hornworm.htm

    The adult form is commonly called a Carolina Sphinx moth. I've also heard them referrd to as hummingbid moths because they can hover while sipping nectar just like a hummingbird (& they're about the same size too).

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    Thanks for the info Pavel.

    From the pictures and description on the website, it does look like a tobacco hornworm.
    I dont have any tobacco plants in the garden, but I do have some tomato plants.

    Its a cute bug, but I will have to destroy it. I dont want future generations of tobacco hornworms in my garden.

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    That is one bad _ss looking Caterpillar and a funky looking moth also.You nailed this one pavel.Rich

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    I think the caterpillar is beautiful (scary, but beautiful). Too bad it is so destructive.

    Cheers,
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