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Beautiful Small-eyed Sphinx Moth

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth, near Atlanta, Georgia, May 9, 2016

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth, near Atlanta, Georgia, May 9, 2016

This Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops) was resting on my vehicle on May 9, 2016 near Atlanta, Georgia.  I have been wanting to post it for some time, but have been happily busy with some other responsibilities.  I found a stick, got the moth to climb onto it, and transferred the moth to an azalea bush before driving away.  Enjoy!

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

This lovely critter was resting on the bricks near my garage when the daily temperatures were just starting to cool, back on September 4, 2015.  On further investigation, I counted 18 of these beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) caterpillars eating the leaves of a vine-type plant that was growing in the flower bed.

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Retrieved from pbase.com, October 9, 2015)

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Retrieved from pbase.com, October 9, 2015)

I hope some of the caterpillars survived to pupate because I did not see anymore of them there after one week.  They may have become dinner for some other creature…  These caterpillars are the type of which I observe most often in my area around Atlanta, Georgia.

Awesome Imperial Moth Caterpillar (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

Enjoy this amazing beauty that was found in my front yard today under a Sweet Gum tree.  It is an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) caterpillar, and was 3.25 inches long.  (I have also included a photo of what the moth of this caterpillar looks like.)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

This critter is from the Giant Silk Moth family, and is the first caterpillar of this moth that I have ever seen in my life!  I am so blessed to have seen such a rare beauty!