Subject: Caterpillar … I think?
Location: Abilene, TX
August 21, 2013 6:41 pm
Abilene, TX. August 2013 – I saw this big fat guy crawling past my foot, when I moved my foot it jumped away and hissed at me… Someone suggested caterpillar… is that what it is? It was none to happy about me taking its picture, it kept making noises at me, I wasnt aware that they could make noise!
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a moth in the family Sphingidae. We will try to determine the species on the Sphingidae of the United States website.
Update: Thanks to a comment from Bostjan Dvorak, we now know this is a Walnut Sphinx Hornworm which can be viewed on the Sphingidae of the Americas. The pink color indicates it is ready to pupate.