Enjoy this amazing beauty that was found in my front yard today under a Sweet Gum tree. It is an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) caterpillar, and was 3.25 inches long. (I have also included a photo of what the moth of this caterpillar looks like.)
This critter is from the Giant Silk Moth family, and is the first caterpillar of this moth that I have ever seen in my life! I am so blessed to have seen such a rare beauty!
I have been remiss in publishing this for awhile now. On September 4, there was a beautiful Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus) resting on an azalea bush outside my home. It was quite large, and I expect that it was probably a female. I photographed it and left it where it was, with my family also viewing and enjoying its beauty. I have had the pleasure of seeing these moths here in the South, having seen many in past years in North Carolina. They are truly gorgeous!