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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

December 20, 2005
11:49 PM

Post #1932970

He is fat from eating my Podranea vine. It's been chilly(in the low 50's-mid 40's at night) and he's been hanging in this same spot for two or three days(nibbling on leaves). Does anyone know which moth he will become?

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2005
12:12 AM

Post #1933004

how about Forbes' Silkmoth

"Extreme Southern Texas. Present year round, but with 2 principal generations with mature caterpillars from April to June then again in fall and early winter months. Ash, Peach, Prickly Ash, and others."

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabast/Rothschildia.htm

This message was edited Dec 20, 2005 7:16 PM
berrygirl
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2005
12:16 AM

Post #1933011

He DOES look well-fed doesn't he? LOL!
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 21, 2005
6:13 AM

Post #1933473

Hmmm... well, nothing around here looks quite like that - but it's definitely one of the giant silk moths. It almost looks like a luna moth caterpillar but I have no idea if they'd eat podranea or not (around here their preferred food is sweetgums). If it were me, I'd definitely leave him alone and see what he turns out to be - I think all them are beautiful.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

December 21, 2005
12:16 PM

Post #1933645

Donna, yes, that is him! He does turn into a beautiful moth doesn't he?
Tom, I the only caterpillars I kill are tent caterpillars, army worms and those nasty little green cats that eat my brugs.
Berrygirl, he may have been eating some other plant too, but there were several podranea stems that were bare! I'm just glad I didn't trim that plant when I was cleaning up the garden

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