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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Catalpa Sphinx (Ceratomia catalpae)


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Markings extremely variable but always some combination of yellow and black. Black dorsum often interrupted with yellow stripes. Sides yellow with short vertical bands, mostly above spiracles; usually with dark line running length of body above legs. Younger caterpillars have less black. Caterpillars are gregarious, occasionally becoming pests. Food: restricted to catalpas. Caterpillar: May through November; 2 generations in South.


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