Archive | September 2015

Awesome Imperial Moth Caterpillar (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

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.)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

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!

Magnificent Pandora Sphinx Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Pandora Sphinx Moth, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

Pandora Sphinx Moth, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

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!