Photos by DM Shepherd

Hickory Horned Devil

Copyright 2016 DM Shepherd

The caterpillar of the regal moth (Citheronia regalis), a North American moth in the Saturniidae family. The caterpillars are called hickory horned devils. The adult has a wingspan of 3.75-6.1 in (9.5-15.5 cm). The adult moth is the largest by mass in latitudes north of Mexico, as are the spectacular larva and the substantial pupa. (There’s never a giant mushroom and tiny hookah around when you need one!)

© 2016 DM Shepherd

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