The very formidable (and presumably hungry) caterpillar
August 30, 2010 10:10 PM   Subscribe

While tubing down the Green River in western NC, I came across this curious caterpillar floating in the water. This is the largest caterpillar I've ever seen, and I'm baffled by it. Mind helping to identify it?
posted by moonbird to Science & Nature (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Citheronia regalis.
posted by Knappster at 10:15 PM on August 30, 2010

Caterpillars aptly known as "hickory horned devils."
posted by Knappster at 10:16 PM on August 30, 2010

Response by poster: Wow, blindingly fast answer. Many thanks!
posted by moonbird at 10:20 PM on August 30, 2010

It's kind of odd that the answer to this question is the most recent post right now on the What's that bug? site. =)
posted by carsonb at 11:08 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]

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