Insects and Spiders - native

Blind Eyed Sphinx (Paonias excaecatus) on Aug 28, 2022

Submitter has sample

Description of specimen

Lime green caterpillar, 4” long, with a blue unicorn horn


Very cool! That is the larva of one of our big native Hawk moths. The blue horn makes me think it's the caterpillar of the Blind-eyed sphinx moth (Paonias excaecatus), which feeds on oaks and other trees and shrubs. None of the sphinxes with larvae like this are pests. And they mature into big beautiful moths, too. Thanks for being on the lookout!

Tom Valente
Aug. 29, 2022, 8:18 a.m.