August 11, 2012

backyard visitor

backyard visitor

I was walking around the backyard when this caught my eye. Just a few steps to the left and I would have stepped on it. I was surprised and a little excited to see it. Creatures like this do not normally exist in my sad weedy backyard. I guess the weeds really are good for something after all.

After doing some online searching, I believe this is a White-lined Sphinx caterpillar. In fact, a couple of months ago I found a dead moth on the back porch that fit the description of this caterpillar. From what I read, they burrow in the ground. I wonder if this is what has been making holes all over the backyard.

August Break 2012


  1. What a find, he's beautiful. How long is he? (or she)

  2. Anji, it measured about 3 1/2 to 4 inches long.

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