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Apr 3, 2021 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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That's One Colorful Cat!

Certainly in the running for the most flamboyant caterpillar! I believe this is a Spurge Hawk Moth (Hyles euphorbiae), a European species introduced to the US in an effort to control leafy spurge.

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Apr 3, 2021 6:05 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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It's bee-YOU-tee-ful! Lovey dubby
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Apr 3, 2021 6:11 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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It certainly is colourful!
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Apr 3, 2021 6:26 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Cool banner Laurie!
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Apr 3, 2021 6:48 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Really lovely color and detail. Smiling
Apr 3, 2021 6:53 PM CST
Zone 5
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Now that's a designer caterpillar. Beautifully patterned, deserving of the headliner page.
Apr 3, 2021 7:06 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Awesome cat!!! Great banner Laurie!
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Apr 3, 2021 7:17 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
What a handsome caterpillar! Love his antenna-tail.
Apr 3, 2021 7:27 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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I love this! What was the host plant?
edited Never mind, there's a reason it's called a spurge hawk moth!
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Apr 3, 2021 8:03 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Amazing cat! Awesome banner Laurie!
Apr 3, 2021 8:26 PM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 7a)
Neat hornworm!
Apr 3, 2021 8:35 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Wonderful! Love his candy corn feet.
Apr 4, 2021 6:20 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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What an attractive and interesting banner to find this Easter morning. Isn't nature amazing! Lovey dubby
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Apr 4, 2021 6:48 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Outstanding addition to the tributes in banner form to the various invertebrates we encounter in nature. Great, sharp, colorful detail I tip my hat to you.
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Apr 4, 2021 12:05 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Wow! I want one! Smiling
Good job, Laurie.....sharpness, colors, lighting.
Excellent banner. Thumbs up
Never seen the caterpillar or moth here (yet), but we have lots of spurge. Rolling my eyes.
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Apr 4, 2021 3:20 PM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
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Super-cool banner! Well done!
Apr 5, 2021 8:43 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! for your kind words, likes and acorns. It was exciting to find this guy a few years ago. I don't recall the location, though. I think it was Colorado or Wyoming.
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