Photo taken in my backyard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. I am fairly certain that this is a Shinx Moth Caterpillar, but I’m not sure which type of Sphinx Moth. The plant that it’s on is called a Penta and I put them in my butterfly gardens as they are host plants for butterflies and moths.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    I don’t know what it is, but it looks like a little rubber toy! He, he…. Great shot!

  • LOL Dot, it does look like a toy doesn’t it. Big too. So glad you like it and appreciate the kind comment. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    Wow what a little beauty of Nature that is Kathy! Nicely captured too!

  • Thank you so much dear Tina. I think it’s kind of cute and was neat to be able to photograph. Hopefully I’ll find out exactly what kind of caterpillar it is. I always research all the critter photo’s I take. I have some really great books and can’t find this one in any of them. Nor have I been able to find anything on it by googling it. Thanks again for the kind comment my friend. Much appreciated. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

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  • Thanks so much POPs for the feature. It is such an honor. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Amazing markings and a beautiful capture Kathy

  • Oh thank you so much Andrea for the kind comment. I think this critter is so adorable, and of coarse I love all life so very much and want to know whatever I can about what I photograph. All life is so very precious. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    I can’t help with I.D. Kathy … it’s a beauty though !
    Have you submitted to the I.D. Me Group

  • Oh thank you so much for the name of the group Trish. I joined and asked for help with identification. I appreciate the info and the comment so much. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • claireh
    clairehover 2 years ago

    What a beauty, well spotted!! You should enter this in the Rainbow (green) competition this week :))

  • Thank you so much Claireh for your kind comment and for your suggestion for the Rainbow Group. I appreciate it very much. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Thank you so much Trixi for the wonderful comment. It is well appreciated. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnover 2 years ago

    Could become and Easter Tiger Swallow Tail – not 100% sure though

  • Thanks for your response about the ID Trixi. I thought at first glance that this was the Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail, however in all my research so far and google and going through all my books, the Eastern has the false eyes on the head but not along the sides of the body as this one has. Sure hope I find out and thank you very much for your feedback and help trying to identify this beauty. I really appreciate it. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 2 years ago

    What an amazing find. I agree it does just look like a big rubber toy.Super capture.

  • Hee Hee………yes it does. Thank you for you kind comment Lilian. I appreciate it so much. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...over 2 years ago

    Almost certainly a sphinx moth (we call them hawk moths in Oz) because of the spine on the tail.

  • Thanks very much Andrew for the great comment and for more direction in Identifying this big guy. Much appreciated. I will continue to research. :)

    – Kathy Baccari

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