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!