Brady & Kaelyn came in this morning with not one but 3 beautiful moths of the same species. They found all three outside their door and collected them up. Right away I could tell that they, too, were in the Sphingidae family of moths, commonly known as sphinx moths, but also hawk moths, and hornworms. If you follow the progress of our caterpillars, you might be able to determine why they are called "hornworms".
There are over 1500 species of sphinx moths. This species, the White-lined sphinx moth, Hyles lineata, is a common sphinx moth to North America. The moths feed on the nectar of fragrant flowers, while the caterpillars eat a variety of plants, including apple leaves. Photos of their caterpillars are linked to the site above and to the photo on the right. Just click on either one for more information about this moth, including what the Indians did with the caterpillars!