Bug of the Week: Datura Hornworm

The Datura had a lovely flower this morning.

Sometimes called moonflowers, they open at night and close by mid-morning.

Hum, something seems to have been chewing on the leaves.

A few ants were running around on the top of the leaves, but I don’t think they are the culprits.

It’s a young hornworm caterpillar.

You can tell it is young because of the relative length of the “horn.”

Yesterday we looked at a children’s book about cute animals. So, are young hornworms cute or not?


  1. Cassie Bentley

    It looks like a unicorn caterpillar.

  2. Roberta

    Too funny.

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