Pest Control isn’t required for Sphinx Moth Caterpillars in the Phoenix Valley. They are NOT venomous, and pose no threat to your family, home, or yard!
We have all heard of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” but most of us haven’t actually beheld the damage a caterpillar can do to a garden. There are a variety of caterpillars that thrive in Arizona, but the most common caterpillars eventually morph into Sphinx Moths. There are several Sphinx Moth species that reside in Arizona. The Achemon Sphinx Moth is one of them, and the caterpillars are part of the hornworm family. Hornworms have a horn-like appendage at the end of their body that they use as a defense mechanism. As the caterpillar matures it shed it’ horn and develop an eyespot in its place. Achemon Sphinx Moth Caterpillars can grow up to 5 inches long, and they are brown in color with 7 white spots on each side of their bodies.
Achemon Sphinx Moth Caterpillar in the Phoenix Valley are a common sight during and after MONSOON season.
The rain provides the MOISTURE these caterpillars need to THRIVE as they feed on all the green desert vegetation, and some ornamental plants in residential yards. They’re often seen in large numbers FOR A SHORT TIME before they pupate and become Sphinx Moths! [Read more…]