Subject: Big bug, hot for limes
Geographic location of the bug: Los Angeles, California
Time: 06:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this fella on my lime tree, just cruising around.
Taken June 7th.
How you want your letter signed: Bug curious
Dear Bug curious,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the Sphingidae family, and it appears to be a Carolina Sphinx which is pictured on BugGuide. The Carolina Sphinx feeds on the leaves of tomato, pepper and other solanaceous plants and not the leaves of a lime tree. Do you have tomatoes or other related plants nearby?
The plants nearby are a laurel tree, a rosemary plant, and a Portuguese blood orange tree.
About 50 feet away are some habanero plants, so maybe that’s it.
Basil? That’s not far away either, about 50 feet in another direction.