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Really BIG caterpillers

post #1 of 13
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My son caught 4 HUGE caterpillers yesterday. They were bright green w/ no hair. The were probably almost as big around as a quarter and maybe as long as my finger. What the heck is it and what will it be after it sprouts wings. The only thing that came to my mind was the fat caterpillar on bugs life that spouted tiny wings and still couldn't fly because he was too big..lol

has anyone seen anything like that before?
post #2 of 13
Just a question: do you have tomatoes? If so, they are probably tomato hornworms, and if you found 4 yesterday, there are probably 50 today! Treat the plants with sevin dust, and that will get rid of them. If you don't, they will destroy your tomatoes!
post #3 of 13
I was going to say the same thing- hornworms. Yuck!! I went away for one weekend and came back to one HUGE hornworm that had decimated all my tomatoes. It looked like a cat had chewed the tomatoes he was so big! About as long as my hand. If you have tomatoes, definitely treat the plants today or you'll have nothing left!
post #4 of 13
Yeah theyre hornworms, I grew tomatoes last year and came across a few, check your plants there will be more of them, get rid of them, theyll destroy all your tomato plant(s)
post #5 of 13
They could also be Catalpa worms. Here is a link that shows a picture of them. They live on Catalpa trees. They are the best catfish bait around!

http://www.catalpaworms.com/
post #6 of 13
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Oh Crap! We do have tomatoes! These were fatter than the ones I've seen on tomatoes before, hope it's not them. We just checked they aren't there right now, they were under a maple tree yesterday. I hate to sprinkle chemicles on the garden if I don't have too...ugh
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Melissa/Oklahoma View Post

They could also be Catalpa worms. Here is a link that shows a picture of them. They live on Catalpa trees. They are the best catfish bait around!

http://www.catalpaworms.com/

Nope, way fatter and they don't have any horns.....hmmmm
post #8 of 13
ick. Sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by desertmom View Post

ick. Sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel.

LOL:D
post #10 of 13
Are they totally smooth or do they have some scattered little "knobs" (not sure how to describe them) on them. We caught a HUGE fat caterpillar years ago that we thought was so pretty. A bright, almost lime green but it had these little short protusions on it's body that were some color (can't remember exactly but it seems like maybe they were red). It was the most colorful thing. We named her Nana and kept her hoping she's change.....but she died. Anyway....I looked all over the internet until I found a picture and it ends up it was a moth. If I get a chance today I'll try to see if I can find a picture.
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