The imperial moth

The other day our son saw this caterpillar and came in the house to get me because he knew I would want to take a picture.

He said “there is the biggest caterpillar out here I have ever seen you will want to take a picture of this”. I grabbed my camera and went to check it out. I had never seen a caterpillar like this one before.

I took a few pictures we laid down the keys for size comparison. I came in looked it up on the computer and it was an imperial moth. These larvae turn into these huge beautiful yellow and brown moths. We moved it to some bushes so it would not get stepped on.

I wish I could have seen it turn into a moth.

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10 thoughts on “The imperial moth

  1. Great find! You can over-winter one (he was probably looking for his winter home) in a bucket with some soil and mulch. He would shed his last ‘sweater,’ turn into a pupa, then emerge in April. They are beautiful adults. Kids love to do this.

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