Worm before the Butterfly

@Inlemay (16512)
South Africa
April 24, 2016 10:47am CST
If this was the worm, imagine how beautiful the Butterfly. Hello everyone. Look what the cat dragged in, or should I say stumbled upon because this worm with its horn was having no dragging business by Picasso. Good grief it was huge. The size of the palm of my hand with a wiggly motion to ward off the cat that wanted to torment it to a certain death. The rustle in the miniature bullrush plants at he pool alerted us, and this is what we found. Both myself, hubby and daughter have never seen such a Fat Sepciman of a Worm before and hubby has sent the photo to an outdoor program to see if they can identify it for us. We decided to toss it over the wall to safe guard our cat, he he, as its horn looks like a mean stinging protection mechanism. Have you any idea what it is?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Apr 16
I wonder if, seeing the worm is so beautiful, if it is just a nondescript brown moth when it becomes an adult?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr 16
@Inlemay Maybe he just had a tummy-ache or had been eating something he shouldn't.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr 16
@JudyEv If you go to discoverlife.org there is a caterpillar identification chart affair which might help.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
@JudyEv i am going to check it out - interesting to know we can do that
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@Jessicalynnt (47846)
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Apr 16
what a big and bright bugger
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
eeeek - it was actually gross to see
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Apr 16
Isn't it pretty really - in a gross kind of way!
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• United States
24 Apr 16
mercy, 'twas that huge?? i fear i've nary a clue's to what type that'd be. 'course, i aint familiar with many'f the critters that live'n yer lands. i'm glad that'cha were able to rescue 't ('r was that the cat??) 'n hopefully yer gonna get'n answer to yer query soon.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
My cat was very disturbed by its whipping motion and tried to give it a nudge - i think that horn on its back might have deterred the cat
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• United States
25 Apr 16
@Inlemay perhaps that'd be its purpose? i've meant to do a search to see if'n i could figure what this'd be, but alas the time got 'way from me. so much to tend'n so lil time to do such these days.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
@crazyhorseladycx its all good - when I hear from the national site, I'll keep you all posted on what the worm is about to transpire into
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@rebelann (41128)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Apr 16
We don't get these here but I recall way back in the 60s when mom was growin tomatoes that she'd get something similar, she called it a tomato worm because it ate the leaves.
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@rebelann (41128)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Apr 16
I saw this on wiki.......
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Tomato hornworm Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Sphingidae Genus: Manduca Species: M. quinquemaculata Binomial name M
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
@rebelann yes they are very similar - i have no idea what this worm belongs to
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@ison_1 (1252)
25 Apr 16
Wow! The colours on that thing are amazing.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
that THING was huge, but beautifully coloured
@acelawrites (10931)
• Philippines
24 Apr 16
I think it is a caterpillar. I had seen one also when it fed on my chichirica plant. It gets so fat but beautiful with blue eyes and little horn.Late it will transform into a butterfly.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
I am sure this one has been eating at all my succulents as they seem nibbled
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
24 Apr 16
I wonder if Puccini wrote an opera while at junior school called Madama Caterpillar?
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
this might have been that MADAM
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@pgntwo (21646)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
24 Apr 16
Never seen a caterpillar that colour before, good photo.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
myself neither - its a strange sighting for us
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@garymarsh6 (14037)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 16
What a beautiful looking thing it is. I can imagine the butterfly is going to look gorgeous!
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
or just a dreary old moth
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@jaboUK (53917)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 16
No idea - it's a pity you couldn't have kept it somewhere to see what it turned into.
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@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
25 Apr 16
it was huge and grossing me out a little - and whipping that tail at any movement
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@spiderdust (6145)
• San Jose, California
9 Sep 16
Look at those gorgeous markings! Did you figure out what kind of caterpillar it was? I'll admit, I haven't read all of the responses yet.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25675)
• United States
17 May 16
It s really quite pretty in color.
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