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!

Location: Utica, Ohio

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