Roses forum: Mystery Caterpiller

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Jun 14, 2010 1:00 PM CST
I saw this caterpillar last week and took a good shot of it. I have no idea what it is and don't want to destroy it if it's a beneficial/pretty type versus a not-so-pretty type that eats roses. I'm not seeing any damage on my minis from it, nor does it seem to like mums or hyssops.

Any clue? I used to be all in the types of caterpillars/moths/butterflies when I was younger, but I haven't done any research on them in years & years.


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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Jun 17, 2010 1:20 PM CST
No one knows anything about my mystery caterpiller? :(
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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Jun 17, 2010 2:03 PM CST
I'm not up on caterpillars; but if I were pressed, I'd guess it might be a tomato horn worm. They can get to four, maybe six inches long. And they do it by eating foliage.

If you are very lucky, maybe it will help you with your weeding! But whatever it is, I kinda doubt it's a good guy.
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 17, 2010 2:14 PM CST
I think iit might be a while-lined Sphinx Catapillar which turns into the beautiful Hummingbird Moth.

White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth caterpillar

http://www.birds-n-garden.com/white-lined_sphinx_hummingbird...

I did see some pictures in google where the white was more of an orange color.

























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