Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: What cat is this? Help IDing please.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 6, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Found this cat crawling on the ground today. This boy was big --- as big around as my finger & approx. 3" long.
Thumb of 2012-09-07/flaflwrgrl/4f1c4f
Thumb of 2012-09-07/flaflwrgrl/750eec Butt shot

Thumb of 2012-09-07/flaflwrgrl/096c4d Trying to shoot it's face

Thumb of 2012-09-07/flaflwrgrl/bab13a It's mad at me now & hiding it's face
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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Sep 7, 2012 5:58 PM CST
some type of hornworm?
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 7, 2012 6:06 PM CST
I looked up hornworms & no, it doesn't seem so. Thanks though.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 7, 2012 6:09 PM CST
My first thought was maybe Larva of one of the Hairstreaks. I'm looking through my Florida Butterfly Book.

back shortly ...
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 7, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Ahhhhh, thou hast a butterfly book......
thanks Lin!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 7, 2012 7:10 PM CST
Well, I am so NOT good at comparing photo's! I've searched through my book Butterflies of Florida and couldn't seen to find anything that matched. I started googling and found this site with different instar stages of the Luna Moth. Scroll down this page and look at the fourth and fifth stages:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/moths/luna_moth.htm

Or maybe the Polyphemus Moth?:

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/bulletins/polyphemus/photo1.ht...

http://www.google.com/search?q=Polyphemus+Moth+Larvae&hl=en&...

I'm leaning more towards the resemblance to the Luna Moth Caterpillar but that may be because I just LOVE the Luna Moth and I've never seen one in person! Green Grin!

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 7, 2012 7:12 PM CST
Geesh, now I go back and enlarge your photo's and it doesn't look like either of those that I linked to! I'm still thinking it's a moth larvae ... what kinds of trees are around where you found that caterpillar?
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 7, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Live oak, wild persimmon, beauty bush, red cedar, water oak.
Thanks Lin!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 7, 2012 8:08 PM CST
Oh, & Turkey Oak. I was googling like crazy myself & then I lost internet connection for about 45 minutes. Grumbling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Gee, I am so bad comparing pictures ... I still can't find an exact match. I keep coming back to the Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/07/polyphemus-moth-metamor... but it doesn't look as hairy as the one in your picture.

Hope someone comes along and recognizes the caterpillar ... would be nice to know for sure what it is. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 8, 2012 11:31 AM CST
AH HA! I found it! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Imperial Moth caterpillar

http://schmidling.com/impmoth.htm
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Alright!! I'm so glad you found out which one it is ... I kinda thought it might be a moth caterpillar but I never could find a match.

~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 8, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Well, I was Googling like a fool trying to find it & of course I tried caterpillar ID, butterfly ID, moth ID etc, etc, ---- you know how I found it? I used KISS --- keep it simple stupid --- guess that's the best way to Google too --- I put in "green hairy caterpillar" DUH Blinking --- BINGO!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That's so funny. I pulled up a picture of one moth cat that I thought resembled yours and had my husband look at both pictures and he said no, the one she is trying to ID is hairier! And, I never thought to google for green, hairy caterpillar. Rolling on the floor laughing Yep, sometimes the simple way is the easiest.
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 8, 2012 1:44 PM CST
nodding Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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