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)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Actias luna, Luna moth caterpillar
Pat found this guy on a paved surface. I took him into Fern Valley, stuck him on this Hickory, and took a few pictures. This is likely our second generation this year. Farther north there's only one, farther south once in a while even three! This is a very impressive caterpillar, but I guess that makes sense since the moth itself is so beautiful and large, <5 inches.