Citheronia regalis

This is a picture of the Hickory Horned Devil. These caterpillars are periodically common in the fall in Marietta. They are particularly noticeable when they drop from the hickory, walnut, and other trees in the city to find a place in the soil to pupate. The specimen above is pictured on a Jade plant, which is not its natural food. The head is to the left, if you haven't figured that out yet. The larvae will pupate over the winter and emerge as a royal moth in the spring. We'll get a picture of the adult on here next spring if anything emerges. This specimen was brought in by Barbara C. Diome of Marietta.

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