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Subject: Help!!! What is this??
Location: Coto De Caza, Ca
October 16, 2013 11:19 am
Dear Bugman,
I was out gardening, planting some new tomatoes and this creature was hanging on to one of the leaves. He’s still there! Btw, he’s the size of a small bird. Any idea what he is? Do I have the worlds largest moth in my garden? And how do I make him leave?
Sincerely,
Angela
Signature: Angela (scared of most things creepy & crawly)

Carolina Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

Dear Angela,
This gorgeous moth is a Carolina Sphinx, and she is probably laying eggs on the tomato plant, where her progeny, Tobacco Hornworms, will feed on the leaves and grow very large.  The Tobacco Hornworm, or Tomato Bug, is a very impressive caterpillar with a caudal horn.  See the Sphingidae of the Americas for additional information.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Coto De Caza, California

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