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Q: INSECT - Not Yet a Pet! - Please help.

September 9, 2008 | By Geoff G. | 13 answers | Expired: 2255 days ago

INSECT - Not Yet a Pet! - Please help.

Just arrived in our Ohio yard - can someone please help identify this overgrown insect? - length near 2 1/2 inches!

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Helen C.
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Sep 09, 2008

If the site I just looked at thanks to WebFerret is right, what you have is a type of horned worm, that is a catterpiller to a hawk moth. Don't know for sure what variety [If I was at home, rather than trying to write a custody petition at the office I'd have time to properly search] If it's what i think it is, he's out rather late in the year, since they are usually around just in time to chew through the stalk of my tomato plants.

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NewfGirl
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Sep 09, 2008

I think Helen may be right also. I had a couple hornworms in my garden this year - Google Tomato Hornworm to get some clear pictures and see if they match yours. The only thing I'm not sure of is the hornworms that I read about have a "claw" on one end (nasty looking, but harmless - they use it to try to threaten predators) - anyway, I don't really see one on your picture. I found two that were about 2" and one that was nearly 5" long!!!!

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NewfGirl
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Sep 09, 2008

Oops! I change my vote to Hickory Horned devil! See link ---> www.whatsthatbug.com/caterpillar_2.html

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