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Subject: Mystery caterpillar
Location: Utica, Ohio
August 19, 2017 2:18 pm
Hello, Bugman! We found this caterpillar here in Central Ohio, we were curious to know what kind it is. Thank you!
Signature: Carol

Catalpa Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Carol,
Is there a Catalpa Tree or Cigar Tree nearby?  This looks to us like a Catalpa Sphinx,
Ceratomia catalpae, a species with variable coloration.  Image B on Nature Search looks very much like your individual, and the description is “The mature caterpillar is about 2 3/4 inches in length.  The color varies on individuals from mostly yellow to mostly black.  The head is black.  The sides are often marked with vertical black lines.  There is a long, straight black horn on the top of the last segment.

Hi Daniel,
Yes, there actually is a cigar tree right near where the caterpillar was found. Thank you so much for your quick response, and for helping us ID this little guy!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Utica, Ohio

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