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strange worm - Erinnyis ello

strange worm - Erinnyis ello
Florida, USA
December 23, 2009
Size: about 3.1 inches
I found this bug on the grass, in my backyard.
It has very powerful moves when is touched. I didnt find it on this site, looks like an armyworm.

Moved from ID Request.

Added the mating ants pic
I've added a close up of the mating ants. Thanks.

Little guy
There's a tiny wasplike critter too. Anybody know what it is?

it was an ant indeed.
it was an ant i remember.

If you look closely
there are two small critters there. See my comment below.

Yes, you're right. I didn't n
Yes, you're right. I didn't notice before, very interesting. Why the queen lost her wings? thank you.

When an ant colony grows large enough, it
produces a generation of winged reproductives. These fly off in an attempt to found new colonies. Once they've dispersed and landed, they generally lose their wings, which have served their purpose and are not needed for a life underground.

Is it possible
these are mating ants (the queen having already lost her wings)?

ello sphinx
probably if he was crawling on the ground he was looking for a place to pupte and turn into a moth..nice soft dirt to dig in..hopefully he will do that sucessfully and become a lovely moth in a few weeks.
heres the moth:

I was going to guess E. ello but chickened out. I didn't realize that the "horn" could be that long/sharp.

Sphinx Moth caterpillar, I believe.
You may want to look around here while waiting for a more definitive ID.

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