One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, July 18, 2008
I call him Sparky, he calls me "Big Guy".....Polyphemus moth caterpillar
This is one big caterpillar and it metamorphoses into one big moth. The polyphemus moth has a wingspan of 5.5 to 6 inches and has two sets of "eyespots", one smallish set on the forewings and a large set on the hindwings. The larvae eat the leaves of many species of trees and shrubs but likely do not serious damage because there are so few of them.