Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, August 16, 2011
Updated/dedicated as per personal communication with Mike Borden Sr. (Sphinx kalmiae larva, Georgia, Franklin County), September 16, 2013
Sphinx kalmiae, Georgia, Franklin County, Vermont,
September 16, 2013, courtesy of Mike Borden Sr., id by Bill Oehlke.
Mike writes, "Found by my back door in Georgia, Vt. I have never seen these in Vermont. Should I be concerned?"
I reply, "Hi Mike, You have sent an image of a Sphinx kalmiae larva (caterpillar). Thanks fo rthinking of me.
"The caterpillar is harmless to humans, but it probably ate quite a bit of foliage from a nearby lilac bush. It has left the host plant, and is probably looking for some soft earth in which to excavate a tunnel and pupate
underground where it would spend the winter months in the pupal stage. The moth would emerge in the late spring or early summer."
"The caterpillar is harmless to humans, but it probably ate quite a bit of foliage from a nearby lilac bush. It has left the host plant, and is probably looking for some soft earth in which to excavate a tunnel and pupate underground where it would spend the winter months in the pupal stage. The moth would emerge in the late spring or early summer."
Visit Franklin County Sphingidae: Adult Moths.
Visit Vermont Catocala: Underwing Moths.
It is hoped that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you quickly identify the caterpillars (larvae) you are likely to encounter.
A "WO" after the species name indicates that I have no confirmed reports of this species in your county, but I (William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or might be present.
Please help me develop this list with improved, documented accuracy by sending sightings (species, date, location), preferably with an electronic image, via email to Bill Oehlke.
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For care of "found larvae/caterpillars" visit Manduca sexta August 21, 2008, Trina Woodall.
courtesy of Mike Borden, Sr.
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