October 22, 2010

The Sphinx: A Catawba Worm Story for Halloween

This spooky creature is a catawba worm.A.K.A. catalpa worm. Or for any zoology or entomology people out there, or, to anyone who is scientifically minded, "ceratomia catalpae." Whatever.

I call it a catawba worm. They live on or near catawba trees. (Some people call them "cigar trees" because they drop these mega long seed pods all over the place, but those things don't look anything like cigars to me, they just look like mega long bothersome seed pods).

Whatever they're called, these worms are a bit spooky with their bright yellow and black stripes. They burrow in the ground and will re-emerge in the spring as hawk moths, just like tomato worms, which you've read about here and here.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote about a catawba worm. He wrote a story about seeing one on a window, and thinking that it was a giant monster in the distance. His perspective was just messed up. (I wonder why.)

Anyway, I can't think of a better person to tell this story, than Vincent Price... so here he is, telling Edgar Allen Poe's story about a catawba worm... Have a Spooky Halloween!

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