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)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Piper and Tara id a caterpillar at lunch
It's Antheraea polyphemus, the caterpillar of the Polyphemus moth. Named, I suppose, not for the cyclops Polyphemus, but for the Argonaut. The moth has two distinctive eyespots so it wouldn't make sense to name it after a cyclops. The caterpillar is cool though. Wikipedia claims that, newly hatched, they can eat 86,000 their weight in leaves. Damn.