Sunday, August 7, 2011

Beauty of a Beast


This beauty ate one of my husband's apple trees (notice the apple for scale.) I've never seen such a big caterpillar. He said, "Did you kill it?" Of course not.

4 comments:

Madge said...

I agree, beastly looking horns on that LARGE caterpillar, I'm shuddering here.. lol!

helenmac said...

Almost psychedelic this caterpillar! And a beautiful photo of him, her, it!

Becky Lynn said...

According to Audubon's Field Guide to Insects this is a Cecropia Moth caterpillar, largest moth in N. Am. with wingspan 4 3/4"-5 7/8", brown/orange/white with stripes and crecsents. They eat ash, birch, maple, alder, elm, wild cherry, willow, lilac, and yes, apple. Flight time is May-June, so your guy will be making a large cocoon soon, brown/grey, along a branch. Look for it to transform into a beautiful moth next May.

Kristin said...

yikes! will the apple tree recover? I would like to see that giant moth but not so much the caterpillar.