Elizabeth and I stayed at the AMAZING Alamo Inn B&B -- geared towards bird watchers and a magnificent place (and relatively inexpensive too). I asked the innkeeper if I could put up a moth light, and she told me that someone nearby is documenting the moths in the area! Sweet! I went and pestered them, hung out for about 4 hours talking nature and philosophy, and photographed lots and lots and lots of cool new moths and bugs. :)
Several of these I will study with the discover life moth guide:
Most of these moths and critters Chuck documented like a week earlier, so I'm using his calendar too. :) Thanks, Chuck!
Tobacco Hornworm turns into a Carolina Sphinx (Manduca sexta)
Hornworms are one of the largest caterpillars in America.
It's not uncommon to find a Tobacco Hornworm on a tomato plant and a Tomato Hornworm on a tobacco plant.
Tobacco Hornworm has seven diagonal white stripes and a red horn and prefer the southern United States, (where this Hornworm was found).
Tomato Hornworm have V-shaped marks on each side and their horn is straighter and typically blue or black in color and prefer the northern US.
Ceratomia catalpae. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA
"This caterpillar (T horn worms) on tomato plant, demolishing plant and fruit. "piggie". The plant is in a planter box above ground. Went out again the next day and there were two (the second one was a bit smaller).
"I am going to observe them and hopefully watch them go through metamorphosis. I refuse to kill them, even though they are eating my most precious, favorite fruit!"
- Mary Simun
Observation and photos by Mary Simun, sent to email@example.com.
Larva dug out of soil beneath morningglory vines. Photo by Brit and Chris Lockard