Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar


I discovered this wee beastie making its way across some concrete and gravel, and couldn’t resist taking its photo.

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

I later discovered that it is the caterpillar for the Spurge Hawkmoth. This moth was introduced into North America from Europe because it liked to eat spurge. Now spurge is a noxious weed that was introduced into North America from Europe.

You think we would learn to stop trying to do Mother Nature’s job?