Cyclops Caterpillar is Abbott’s Sphinx

Subject:  Cyclops Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Date: 07/18/2019
Time: 10:32 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw a few of these guys and thought they were wild looking. I have never seen them before. Found them in mid summer.
How you want your letter signed:  RyeTye

Abbott’s Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear RyeTye,
We love your name “Cyclops Caterpillar.”  This is actually an Abbott’s Sphinx Caterpillar and we have gotten many letters regarding them this season.  The Abbott’s Sphinx is a moth in the family Sphingidae, and most caterpillars in the family have a caudal horn, giving rise to the common name Hornworm.  Some species like the Abbott’s Sphinx eventually shed the horn, leaving only a caudal bump that resembles an eye.

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