Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Flanders, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
August 30, 2011
Size: approx 3 or 4 inches long
i don't know what this is?

Moved from ID Request.

i think it is
a modest sphinx caterpiller..put modest sphinx in the search above to see the moth, and for info

green horned catapillar
my son found the same thing in Enfield CT while digging a hole in the back yard for bush. We have it in dirt in can with airholes. It appears to be same length, quite chubby and we were afraid to pick up with hands due to horn and what appear to be funny looking legs or mouth at opposite end of horn. horn appears to be back end.

if it was in the dirt
it probably will pupate and become a pupa which will needs to be sheltered from the elements perhaps in a garage, but not inside the inside temps will cause it to emerge when it is cold and it will die if freed. ..if it is unable to crawl it probably is in the process esp if it had dug into the dirt..and wont be able to redig.
if you shelter it thru the winter you will get to see it emerge next spring or summer, as a large and beautiful moth. :-) be sure if you do, that you also provide it with something to hold onto and hang from when it it can inflate its otherwise you will have a large crippled moth.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.