Subject: What type of caterpillar is this?
Location: Salina, Kansas
August 22, 2013 8:41 am
These caterpillar are consuming leaves on our Catalpa tree. Can we expect beautiful butterflies in our future? We live in central Kansas.
Signature: Expecting Butterflies
Dear Expecting Butterflies,
This Catalpa Sphinx, Ceratomia catalpae, will eventually transform into a somewhat large, brown moth. Sphinx Moths are elegant moths, though the Catalpa Sphinx is not one of the more colorful members of the family. This is a case where the caterpillar is quite colorful, but the moth lacks the dramatic colors and markings. You can read more about the Catalpa Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.