Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I was improving an old flower bed and I don't know if this was on top of the ground or buried in the ground. I just saw it as I was digging. Very purple. See the pennies at the top for size. Looks to be about 2.5 - 3" long.

Thanks,
Sterling
Atlanta, GA

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Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Manduca quiquemaculata

http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/mquinqui.htm

I've seen the catters and the moths but I have never seen it in this stage - thought I had an alien!

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Darn! I actually could have told you it was a Manduca but not which one. LOL My kids found one in the yard and I posted for ID.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Whoops! I also meant to ask if you knew we have a bug ID forum now? Someone had to aim me at it not so long ago. ;)

Seattle, WA(Zone 8b)

Ohhhhh!! I have been wondering what these things are for ages, but kept forgetting to post about it. Thank you!

Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I first thought it might be some kind of seed pod but looking closer I figured it must be some kind of insect critter thing. I have never seen one before! Strange looking...

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I read that they are used for testing things. I posted one on the Bug ID forum and someone posted a great link for me. They are commonly called tobacco hornworms.

Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Here is a picture of the catter - I think it is very beautiful!

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Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Horn worms are beautiful but they do serious damage. Bummer. ;)

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

This was the ID for my critter. http://zebra.sc.edu/moth/manduca-l.html

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