Larva photographed by Amanda Steenson. Markings suggest possibly M. rustica, but the rosy color...?
The caterpillar was light leafy green, with light angled line pattern on its side. It had a needle thick hook on its rear. It walked across cement floor in the garage at a steady but quick peed. About two, two and a half inches long and half an inch wide.
Caterpillar photo by Carly Wilde
Science building at Texas Lutheran Univ.
Caterpillar of the Rustic Sphinx moth found on Desert Willow (host plant). Big!! We've not seen the moth, will keep our eyes open this time.
At porchlight...at least for a while. A close examination of photos indicates this was a different individual than one photographed at the same location on Sept. 30:
Unfortunately, I was able to see the demise of this moth: A rainstorm rolled through about 9 p.m., some 40 minutes after this photo was taken. Unexpectedly, a Carolina Wren, which had been roosting on the porch out of the rain, saw this moth, grabbed it and consumed it--a late night snack for the wren. I can't recall seeing a diurnal songbird foraging at a porchlight at night *in a rain storm*.
Oh, well, the Circle of Life!