Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Caterpillar! What's it going to be?

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Name: Andy W
Ogden, UT (Zone 6a)
engineer1984
Jun 17, 2016 3:17 PM CST
Looks like I'm getting butterflies from either my cactus garden or flower garden!

What's this little guy going to be when he grows up?

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jun 17, 2016 5:31 PM CST

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It's definitely a Sphinx Moth, probably the White-Lined Sphinx Moth. Caterpillars can be quite variable.

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hyles-lineata
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Name: Andy W
Ogden, UT (Zone 6a)
engineer1984
Jun 17, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Haha, well I guess I'm not that special after all. According to that site, Utah has occasional outbreaks of these guys
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jun 18, 2016 3:36 AM CST

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I still think they're pretty cool! I've never seen one, although I've raised other Sphinx Moths.
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wildflowers
Jun 18, 2016 6:30 PM CST
A very pretty caterpillar indeed. Thumbs up
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