Subject: Gardenia Bee Hawk Moth
Geographic location of the bug: Sandstone Point Ql.
Time: 04:14 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Thought you might me interested in these photos of the caterpillar feeding on my gardenia bush.
How you want your letter signed: Euth
Dear Euth (though we believe based on your email address you meant to sign Ruth),
Thank you so much for sending your excellent images of the Hornworm of a Gardenia Bee Hawkmoth. According to Butterfly House: “The caterpillars later become black, grey, or green, often with black lines across the back. The back of the head and the final claspers are covered in small white warts. The caterpillars have posterior horn shaped like a shallow ‘S’, and have white spiracles along each side outlined in red. The head colour varies from brown to green.”