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Hickory Horned Devil

Citheronia regalis

Description:

Adult female is orange and cream (and is shown on my face in my thumbnail). North America's largest moth larva. Awesome is the description for this caterpillar.

Habitat:

Woodland, yard

Notes:

One of the largest of the Giant Silkworm moths in the Family Saturniidae. I found this larva just 15 feet from my front door feeding on sycamore. I usually find it feeding on black walnut and sumac. Host plants are deciduous trees including ash, butternut, hickory, walnut sycamore. It is my very favorite larva. Not long after I brought the larva in to rear it went underground to pupate. When it came off of its food plant I placed it in a 5 gallon bucket of woods soil and after about a day on "walkabout" it finally tunneled underground.

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15 Comments

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

Thank you Andrea, ChicquitaRajawali, MicheleMorbidelli and tp91395. It really was huge.

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

What a huge caterpillar Diane! Great spotting!

Chicquita
Chicquita 7 years ago

This is cool!

MicheleMorbidelli
MicheleMorbidelli 7 years ago

Bellissimo!!

Tristan Pragnell
Tristan Pragnell 7 years ago

WOW!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

No not really Victoria. I found her in 5th instar and 3 days later she pupated. I still have her in a bucket of dirt so hopefully she'll eclose next year.
I did find a little 1st instar larva though and raised that one this year.

did you raise this caterpillar?

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

I agree antondazomb, One cool cat

antondazomb
antondazomb 7 years ago

thats one awesome lookin critter

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

Thank you Mayra

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 7 years ago

Thank you all. This larva is harmless to us but a bird could choke to death on those spines. If you touch the larva he usually thrashes his head back and forth trying to scare you off with those 'horns'.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

so aptly named ! very interesting.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

This is an amazing-looking caterpillar. Very spiky.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Very beautiful larva

DianePlatcoBrooks
Spotted by
DianePlatcoBrooks

Corning, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Sep 5, 2012
Submitted on Nov 22, 2012

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