Saturday, August 21, 2021

Huge Hornworm

Huge, ready to pupate Rustic Sphinx Moth Caterpillar on oue Cape Honeysuckle today. I would not have seen it, if the pea-sized, hand-granade shaped droppings had not landed on the patio concrete. I'm adding the moth that I reared years ago from a cat like this. Maybe this is the great-great-......grand child of my moth. Manduca rustica Rustic sphinx, feeds on Desert Willow, Tacoma, Cape Honeysuckle, but never on Toamatoes, Peppers, Tobacco, Datura. Those hornworms are its cousins (Manduca sexta and M. quinquemaculata)

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