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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!

Beautiful Polyphemus Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

About one month ago, while clearing away some of the dead flowers in the flower bed from last year, we located a silk moth cocoon.  We brought it indoors, and I have kept it in a warm, dry place on a shelf with some cards and knick-knacks since then.

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Today (July 5, 2015), a beautiful male Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) emerged from the cocoon.  This evening, my son and I let it go in the woods near our home.  He was quite a beauty to behold, and we are so happy to have been able to observe and enjoy him!