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Subject: What type of big is this?
Location: Tox, Ak
August 11, 2017 11:16 pm
We stayed at a camp in Tok, Alaska and while walking back came across this weird umm thing/bug can not figure out what it is.
Signature: Adrianna Miller

Gallium Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Adrianna,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas, there are not many species found in Alaska, and we are quite certain because of the black color and red horn, that this is the Caterpillar of a Gallium Sphinx,
Hyles gallii.  More information on the species, also called the Bedstraw Hawkmoth, can be found on Sphingidae of the Americas. 

Thank you very much, the only thing we couldn’t see was the spots and I think that was because it was so dusty.

Also when we touched it with a stick it curled up and stuck the horn out, is that what it does?
Adrianna T. Miller
If they feel threatened, many Caterpillars will curl up.
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Tox, Alaska
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