|Hermit Sphinx moth, Aren't they huge?|
beside the lawn in the backyard. She dropped it on the lawn, and sat on it, so I wouldn't take it away. She did the same with a 2' garter snake. Sigh.
"Nothing here, Mommy. Go away."
Ceratomia amyntor Elm sphinx
They have a horn on the back, quite intriguing. A lovely bright green colour, unlike the scary-looking black one I found the other day. Also a sphinx. They are the largest moths, and quite non-descript.
Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 4 1/2 inches (8.2 - 11.5 cm).
Life History: Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in burrows underground.
Flight: . One brood in the north from June-July, two broods in the south from March-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula), basswood (Tilia), and cherry (Prunus).
Adult Food: Adults probably do not feed.
Habitat: A wide variety of forested and open habitats.
Range: Nova Scotia west to Saskatchewan and western North Dakota and Colorado; south to central Florida, the Gulf Coast, Texas, and New Mexico.
Elm sphinx from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Dorah found a Ceratomia amyntor, Elm sphinx caterpillar in the forest. She brought it over to me and I liberated it.