Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Is It a Bug or Pokemon? Part 2 : )

Sadly, it is not a Pokemon.   However, it is named after a mythical creature, a sphinx.  Have you guessed its name yet? If not, its name is the Sphinx moth or Hawk moth, if you will.   
Pupa !
wasp eggs on hornworm !

We found it in its pupae stage. To be specific, we found it in our garden under the ground. It is in the ground because Horn Worms drop and burrow into the ground. Since we disturbed it, it hatched to early and died. DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, I got a little dramatic there. As I was saying, we only had it in its pupae stage. The Sphinx Moth "evolves" from a horn worm or a Tomato Horn worm.  Horn Worms eat grape leaves or tomatoes.   DO NOT READ ON FROM HERE!   If you are still reading I must tell you, sometimes wasps lay their eggs on live Hornworms.  When the wasps hatch, they eat the Hornworm! If it somehow survives the wasps, then it will pupate and become a Sphinx Moth.  A Sphinx Moth sometimes is mistaken for a humming bird; that is why it can also be known as a Hummingbird Moth.  Sphinx Moths come out at dusk.  They especially like to eat the nectar from Virginia Crawlers and other flowers.

I suggest you try to find a Sphinx Moth.  Remember if you find one, come back to this blog for information.  Plus, if you try, you might find a Pokemon in the process. : )


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