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disuhan 09-06-2014 11:09 AM

Caterpillar ID please
 
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I searched around on BAMONA and google trying to figure this guy out but no luck. He was chowing down on my viburnums. The only thing wildflower.org says eats viburnums is a spring azure, but there's no way this big guy can be that, plus I know tons more species eat viburnums.
Found today in NW Vermont. Thanks for the help!

linrose 09-06-2014 11:24 AM

Well it looks like a hornworm, check out this site to help you along.

http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/VTsphinx.htm

linrose 09-06-2014 11:35 AM

This guy looks a lot like yours, hummingbird clearwing.

Pink headed Caterpillar - Hemaris thysbe - BugGuide.Net

rockerBOO 09-06-2014 05:01 PM

Ah cool! Never seen them as a late instar like that, with the prevalent red coloring.

will-o-wisp 09-07-2014 04:09 AM

That is a gorgeous photo disuhan.
It also shows so clearly the how the red coloring of caterpillar mimics the coloring of the shrub.

Sage 09-07-2014 04:57 PM

dishuan, your little friend is wonderful! Enjoy!

dapjwy 09-07-2014 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by will-o-wisp (Post 148423)
That is a gorgeous photo disuhan.

I was going to say the same thing. Cool photo. Wild looking caterpillar.

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Originally Posted by will-o-wisp (Post 148423)
It also shows so clearly the how the red coloring of caterpillar mimics he coloring of the shrub.

Interesting point.

disuhan 09-07-2014 08:54 PM

Thanks everyone! I guess I'll submit the photo to the contest. :)
Linrose, I was afraid it might be a hornworm, but it sure does look like a hummingbird clearwing. Except I can't find any photos online with the pinkish hues this one has.

It's funny, BAMONA says it eats V. opulus, except it's annihilated my V. lentago, now starting on my V. dentatum, but hasn't touched my V. opulus var. americanum.

dapjwy 09-07-2014 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by disuhan (Post 148440)
Thanks everyone! I guess I'll submit the photo to the contest. :)

Good idea. :)

havalotta 08-14-2017 07:59 AM

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Let's see how good you are at identifying this....(Taken early July)


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