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Friday, October 14, 2011

What's Black And Orange With Glitter?

I am used to finding tomato horn worms.  They turn into hawk moths.  Usually, they are green making them hard to find on tomato plants.

This is a horn worm too, but I've never seen one this color before.  The spots on the black body 'glittered,' and it's head and horn are orange.  It was busy eating four o'clock leaves.


10 comments:

  1. It's his Halloween costume ;-) tis the season you know! The weatherman said the "F" word tonight. .FROST! I'm hoping not, even by the middle of next week. .I'm not ready yet! Harvest up!!

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  2. Thats one ugly little blighter, but as he glitters I will forgive him lol. I see Melanie mentioned the FROST word. It's 6 am here in the uk, our 'team' is just about to go for another training run on the beach, it's ccoollldd.

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  3. I wonder what that little guy will turn into....the green ones are popular here and eat up a lot of plants:) But then they get eaten by the birds.

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  4. Well, you can keep that critter at your place. We have enough things munching away at our place!
    :)

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  5. That looks pretty intimidating!!

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  6. He is a little slicker than some of them.

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  7. You ought to post that photo to Bugguide.net and see if someone can identify it for you! That is a really unusual looking hornworm, especially with the glitters! I'd love to learn which hawkmoth it will turn into.

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  8. I did some research and apparently this guy is a caterpillar for white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata). Some are green, like I'm used to seeing, and some are black and orange. While working in the garden today, I discovered there are three of them eating the four o'clocks!

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  9. Thanks for letting us know! I love watching the white-lined sphinx moths feeding from the summer phlox each year.

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