Wild Animals/Droppings

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markw wrote at 2011-08-24 00:23:07
I live in northern Indiana and I found the same thing, it turns out to be from a tomato hornworm. Hope this helps!




gardening wrote at 2011-12-14 16:12:36
I think it might be a sphinx caterpillar...they are large 5-7 inch green with yellow strips. I live in central AZ and also have an enclosed garden surrounded by a 8ft wall. The only things in my yard that I have seen are these caterpillars and my dog and they are not from my dog. Hope this helps.


Tel the Pensioner wrote at 2012-09-27 08:02:45
Dear Maureen, My friend found a lot of these droppings in one area under his hedge in the garden a couple of weeks ago - his garden is in a fairly built-up area of South West Essex. It has puzzled me for all this time until I saw your posting... From lots of searching around on the web, I think you'll find that they are the faeces of the Privet Hawk-Moth. They do, indeed, look like tiny little hand grenades. I can sleep easy now!

Regards,

teresa Earl


Tel the Pensioner wrote at 2012-09-27 08:02:57
Dear Maureen, My friend found a lot of these droppings in one area under his hedge in the garden a couple of weeks ago - his garden is in a fairly built-up area of South West Essex. It has puzzled me for all this time until I saw your posting... From lots of searching around on the web, I think you'll find that they are the faeces of the Privet Hawk-Moth. They do, indeed, look like tiny little hand grenades. I can sleep easy now!

Regards,

teresa Earl


ravenokuu wrote at 2014-10-24 19:45:35
It appears to be the dropping of a hornworm caterpillar. The tomato hornworm in the United States has droppings of the same shape and color. Though I believe the hornworm is more common in the US than abroad. But your husband is correct in the fact that it is a caterpillar.  


Donna wrote at 2016-05-29 18:51:11
It is droppings from a caterpillar. I recently discovered some droppings with a horned worm nearby.  


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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