Giant caterpillars grow into giant moths, in this case a Imperial Moth, Eacles imperialis. They come in two colors, green and brown, and feed on both deciduous and conifer trees, but we haven’t learned that this has anything to do with the color. We read that they are in decline in the northeast. If our readers know of any group recording their whereabouts, please let us know!
This one wasn’t very cooperative, so some of our photos are at funny angles, but Hickory and I sure enjoyed looking at his bright colors, spots, fur and different feet. Much more interesting than gray squirrel fur.
“Hey!” Hickory chittered at me. “At least we’ll be here come winter!”