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Hummingbird Moth Caterpillar

We were out for a bike ride around the beginning of September and we happened upon this handsome fellow who was trying to cross the road:

Big Caterpillar

I could be totally 100% wrong but I think it might be the caterpillar of some species of Hummingbird moth. You may have seen those giant size moths around Kamloops that look and act almost exactly like a Hummingbird! They are so cool. Here is a photo I found on the internet:

hummingbird-hawk-moth
So I do believe this guy was looking for a good place to build his/her cocoon for the winter. I think they come out in spring as a moth to feast on nectar. Good luck little guy.

2 Comments

  1. Bart Cummins wrote:

    Rob, Thanks for the biology lesson. That was a great adventure into Knutsford.

    Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  2. gardengirl wrote:

    My daughter and I found a caterpillar last fall and kept it inside over the winter. It hatched out this spring just as you thought. We know the caterpillars here in Nor Cal as Tomato Hornworms. Never realized they were the Hummingbird Moth ’till we hatched it out!

    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

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