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Catalpa Sphinx Moth caterpillar

Ceratomia catalpae

Description:

Early instar, dorsal view. Back is pale and is bordered with narrow black lines. Horn and head capsule are black

Habitat:

On Catalpa leaves. Edge of lowland deciduous forest. Streamside.

Notes:

The Catalpa trees in this area were infested with these caterpillars. You could hear their frass falling like raindrops. Later instars were also present on the leaves. They have black backs and pale sides. Found along Stream trail

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11 Comments

TicThapanya
TicThapanya 8 years ago

beautiful shot

cullenb1
cullenb1 8 years ago

Oh wow, words cannot describe the beauty

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Very striking and beautiful!

auntnance123
auntnance123 8 years ago

That is the whitst caterpillar I've ever seen. Great spotting, Keith.

SisirBanga
SisirBanga 8 years ago

Beautiful - Black and white can be really beautiful!

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 8 years ago

Thanks for the comments and favs everyone.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 8 years ago

What a gorgeous creature! Nice shots Keith!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Cool!

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

The thumbnail of this in the feed looks like a drawing, I had to click on it to double check! Very cool!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

lovely Keith!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Wen I was a girl we had a Catalpa tree within the chicken pen, but I never saw these. Quite interesting, but it looks like quite destructive. I would shake the dry Catalpa seed pods for my chickens.

KeithRoragen
Spotted by
KeithRoragen

Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2010
Submitted on Jan 23, 2013

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