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Dave and Gail
05-01-2006, 07:33 PM
If you look at my photo gallery under wildlife, you will see a green worm like critter that Gail and I found up by Cedar pond, titled "Mean little bugger". I say Mean because if you touched him he would snap around sideways and try to get you with the horn on his backside. Anyone know what kind of critter this Is??? I have never seen one in all my years in Maine..Any info. would be appreciated.

05-01-2006, 07:40 PM

I think this is it

Four Horned Sphinx: Green Morph

This is a Four Horned Sphinx or Elm Sphinx caterpillar, Ceratomia amyntor. There is a brown form which we recently posted as well as the green form you have sent in.

Ye Olde Prospector
05-01-2006, 08:11 PM
Hi Dave,

Looks like a Tomato Hornworm. Have found them in my tomato plants sometimes. They do make a snapping noise if you anoy them. They will destroy tomatoes and the plants if they get a chance. I have found some as much as 3" long and they are nasty.