Subject: Unicorn caterpillar
Location: white river junction vermont
December 1, 2013 8:56 pm
Is this some new mythological creature?!
This slug of a bug was found in white river junction vermont the morning after a soft frost. Just amonst the grass, granting wishes and spinning rainbows. I noticed a school sent you a request for a similar looking insect. Good luck and thanks for responding ahead of time.
Signature: the rich bees

Laurel Sphinx Caterpillar

Laurel Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi rich bees,
This Laurel Sphinx Caterpillar,
Sphinx kalmiae, is easily recognized by its textured blue and black caudal horn.  These caterpillars feed on the leaves of a variety of shrubs, including “Ash, fringe-tree, lilac, privet, and plants in the olive family (Oleaceae)” according to BugGuide.  More information on the Laural Sphinx is available on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Thank you Daniel!
You guys are the coolest. I cannot wait to tell the family and my professor who is a bit of an insect fanatic himself.

Location: White River Junction, Vermont

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