Sunday, November 17, 2013

monster caterpillar

My wife found this very large caterpillar on the ground in the grass.   She knows I like little "critters" and so she brought it to me to see.   It was so very large as caterpillars go.   I did a search for big green caterpillar and discovered that it was an imperial moth caterpillar.

This "critter" metamorphoses into a beautiful moth that could easily be mistaken for a butterfly.
I know the old rule-of-thumb:  if it flies in the daytime it is a butterfly, if it flies at night it is a moth.
My wife put it back in the grass so that it could develop in a beautiful moth.   I am going to keep my eye out for a pretty yellow and brown moth.   Have a great day and enjoy nature which is all around us.     Lew

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