My chickens just call them snacks.
I found these 12 caterpillars munching on one morning glory vine. Needless to say, there's not much vine left.
They belong a species of moth that is often mistaken for a hummingbird--thus the name, hummingbird moth.
They also go by Sphinx moth and Hawk moth.
They have cousins that are very fond of tomato plants--Tomato Horn worm. Not worms at all, but that's splitting hairs when you grow tomatoes.
They all have a 'horn' on their tail ends. It doesn't do anything, but I still can't bring myself to pick one up with my bare hands.
These cats were each well over 2 inches long. They are usually this big before I spot their damage in my garden. What happens is, one day there's a plant, the next day it's nearly gone.
I'm sure I missed one or two because my morning glory is smaller yet this morning.
Off to hunt snacks for my chickens.