Catalpa Sphinx

Catalpa Sphinx (Ceratomia catalpae) - This caterpillar is one of the “hornworm” species, having a prominent black spine on the back end of the body. The caterpillar has a shiny black head and grow up to 3 inches long. Although body coloration and markings change as caterpillars grow, lengthwise yellow or green and black stripes become more apparent in larger caterpillars. This night-flying adult hawk moth has long, narrow gray or brown wings, which have a wingspan of about 3 inches, and robust, spindle-shaped bodies.

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