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sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2006
8:30 PM

Post #2928204

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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sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2006
9:23 PM

Post #2928315

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!
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2006
9:40 PM

Post #2932003

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.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2006
9:41 PM

Post #2932006

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. ;)
lunavox
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 22, 2006
4:00 AM

Post #2935783

Ohhhhh!! I have been wondering what these things are for ages, but kept forgetting to post about it. Thank you!
sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2006
1:19 PM

Post #2936299

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...
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2006
1:11 PM

Post #2938772

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.
sterhill
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2006
1:42 PM

Post #2938831

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

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Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2006
2:13 PM

Post #2938897

Horn worms are beautiful but they do serious damage. Bummer. ;)
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2006
2:17 PM

Post #2938901

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

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