Crazy Caterpillar Sightings

Crazy Caterpillar Sightings

Keep your eyes open when hiking the trails, and you never know what you are going to see! A hiker sent along this picture the other day asking for an ID.  


This ferocious fellow is a Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar (aptly named don’t you think??).  The Regal Moth is the mature stage of this critter.  The caterpillars commonly are found on various species of hickory or walnut trees.  While they look quite deadly they are actually harmless!! They are one of the largest native caterpillars that we have. 

Please always send pictures to us, we love to see what you encounter as you are out enjoying nature. 

Have kids? Interested in butterflies?? Join us for the LAST Sharing Nature with Children this Saturday, September 7th at Bucktoe Creek Preserve.  Environmental Educator and all around nature guru Holly Merker will be joining us.  Maybe she can answer some questions about the lack of monarch butterflies this summer--more to come in a later blog!!

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