Friday, August 28, 2009

Handsome Devil

Hickory Horned Devil (Citheronia regalis)
Returning to work after lunch this afternoon (in the rain) I came across this Hickory Horned Devil (Saturniidae[Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths]: Ceratocaminae: Citheronia reglis) crawling through the wet undergrowth. According to David L. Wagner's Caterpillars of Eastern North America, its likely that this handsome devil, a fully-grown, final-instar larva, was wandering in search of a suitable pupation site. The pupa passes the winter in a below-ground cell. The adult that will emerge in the spring is a Regal (or Royal) Walnut Moth.
Hickory Horned Devil (Citheronia regalis); flash drive card for reference

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