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Old Aug 26, 2007, 5:15 PM   #1
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Neither of these is exactly great photography. While clearing weeds from my beach area I found numerous examples of these two large catapillers, both seemed to be eating the same kind of weed. I grabbed a couple of quick shots and tried to relocate the ones I found. Ihoped that someone here might be able to identify them.

Oh, photography stuff: K100d with Kiron 105mm macro.

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Old Aug 26, 2007, 5:16 PM   #2
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The neon green is pretty accurate for the true color in this one.


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Old Aug 26, 2007, 6:05 PM   #3
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i got tired of looking but both should be here. post your results
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/i...t/families.htm

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Old Aug 26, 2007, 7:13 PM   #4
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Tim: The second one is a hornworm (larva of a Sphinx or Hawk moth). What kind of plant was it on (that can help with the identification)?

I have no idea what the first one it, but it sure is colorful - since I can't see the hind end in profile, I can only guess it is in the same family from the size and the smooth skin.
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Old Aug 26, 2007, 8:20 PM   #5
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Thanks Roy, that is a good site I will have to refer back to in the future. Their pictures leave a lot to be desired, though, maybe they should contract with some Pentaxians :idea:for higher quality shots to upload.

Thank you also Penolta,
I wish I could tell you what kind of plant it was on, I know the Linnaeus classification is in the Weed family, but that is about it :-). (I know less about plants than I do about catapillers. If I see another one, I will try to get a better profile shot.

Prior to getting into photography I know I would not have killed a catapiller without reason, but I doubt I would have hand carried them across my back yard one by one as I found them either. Hopefully they can eat something other than the semi-aquatic weeds they have been living on and I will get a chance to shoot some macros of the adult stage.

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tim,
be careful as a lot these can knock the s!!! out of you. believe me, i know. isn't that right P ?

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Whatever they are, they sure are cool looking - love the second one.
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