View Full Version : What is it?

09-18-2004, 08:04 PM
Found it cruising accross the yard today...

kickin sum grass
09-18-2004, 08:22 PM
a snack maybe? Try deep frying. :D

09-18-2004, 08:45 PM
I believ that to be a monarch butterfly still in the caterpillar stage...

09-19-2004, 09:46 AM
I believe that to be a monarch butterfly still in the caterpillar stage...

Its not a monarch. they have black stripes like a bumble bee. :)

09-19-2004, 10:10 AM
I had one just like it on my portch the other week. No clue what it is. ;)

09-19-2004, 10:14 AM
Its that fat German caterpillar from the Bugs Life movie....

09-19-2004, 10:27 AM
It does have it's similarities...

09-19-2004, 08:44 PM
I go with A bugs Life.

09-19-2004, 11:57 PM
In Hawaii, a caterpillar similar to that turns into a large moth.

09-20-2004, 04:14 AM
off topic,

Kapena, welcome to the site, it's always nice to have somebody else from the same state with the same conditions as you. I was starting to feel like I was the only one from hawaii.

Eric 1
09-20-2004, 12:34 PM
I go with Bugs Life. :) That thing is huge,saw one here last year,no clue what it turns into though. :alien:

09-20-2004, 06:09 PM
Leave it alone and it will turn into this: It is a Polyphemus Moth. Common n this area. Probably found it on a birch or maple tree.

09-20-2004, 07:08 PM
Yep looks like a deep frying type of bug too me. may be they will have to have it for dinner on survivor. :help:

John Smith
09-20-2004, 10:30 PM
Its a Luna moth

09-21-2004, 03:15 AM
Chris, Thanks for the welcome. I'd bet there are plenty more of us from Hawaii.

I did a little research on the caterpillar pictures of both the Polyphemus and the Luna moths. I'm no expert, but I would still side with Jeff's Polyphemus moth. The Luna was close. It might be the Bugs life after all is said and done though.

09-21-2004, 07:56 AM
I have to go with Camland...
I nearly lost a mouthful of coffee this morning as I burst in to laughter :p Nice pic!

09-21-2004, 09:44 AM
Luna moths have a single longitudnal line running down the center of their bodies. Very similar in their final instar stages to the caterpillar pictured above however --- and even graduate students confuse them. Caterpillars of two species are easily mixed up -- but the adults moths are very distinct.

09-21-2004, 10:05 AM
In Kentucky this is knowned as a Horned Worm - it chews more tobacco than a pro center fielder....