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Observation notes: Found large frass near the garden and noticed that lilac leaves had been eaten to the stem. Knew it wasn't rabbits since it had that dried raspberry type appearance. For some reason a slash of green caught my eye at the based of a lilac branch. It was this guy. After taking the pics, returned him to the bush and he is hidden as of 15:47.
Next morning the caterpillar was dead on the ground with what appeared to be a big bite from another critter (bird????) behind his head.
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: February 22, 2021
Coordinator notes: Is this Manduca rustica? Does M. rustica also feed on Lilac? Granulated horn identify it as M. rustica. While Lilac is not specifically listed as a host plant it is in the olive family (Oleaceae) as are <iChionanthus virginicus</i> and Fraxinus sp. which are listed as hostplants. So why not?