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A couple of neat sphingid caterpillars I found last night. I took my black light flashlight to the Virginia creeper at my parents' house and these are what I've found so far. They have a lot of Virgina creeper around so hopefully these are just the first of many neat discoveries. The first pic is Darapsa myron, the Virgina creeper sphinx or hog sphinx. The second is Sphecodina abbottii, Abbott's sphinx.

Insectra 8 July 15
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Nice shots!

phxbillcee Level 9 July 15, 2018

That was cell-phone-in-the-dark, so I just got lucky. But thank you!

@Insectra I've heard you do your best work in the dark!!! LOL!! Just teasin'!

@phxbillcee LOL, I'll take that as a compliment!! 😉

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So do all caterpillars become moths or butterflies, what do they become?

Yes, all true caterpillars become butterflies or moths. These caterpillars I've posted will become sphinx moths, sometimes called hawk moths. There are a lot of other critters out there, like sawflies larvae, that look like caterpillars and are easily confused with caterpillars but won't become butterflies or moths. I've dumped most of my photos from my phone so here are a couple of photos (not mine) I found on the internet. The first is the Abbott's sphinx, the second (lighter colored) one is the hog sphinx. These are the moths that those caterpillars will become (provided they survive to adulthood).

@Insectra Ask a question and get a great answer, thanks.

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Good catch!! I am still anxiously awaiting Hemaris thisbe larvae. There have been several adults around lately, Inc one flying around my Kolkwitzia, a possible host plant. I'll keep an eye out on my Honeysuckle, Kolkwitzia and Arrowood for signs of these beauties

Leafhead Level 8 July 15, 2018

I've been checking the honeysuckle at night, too! Unfortunately, there is SO MUCH honeysuckle around it's hard to know where to look. I always check the damaged leaves but so far, nothing.

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