Catalpa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar - (Ceratomia catalpae)
The native catalpa tree is this native caterpillar's preferred plant host.
The Catalpa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar becomes the and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Catawba Worm.
The Catalpa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
black; yellow; tan sides; yellow side stripes; white capsules; white eggs; black head; smooth; safe; harmless; horn; tail; spine.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Catalpa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.