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Huge Green Caterpillar
Location: Fort Myers Florida
December 6, 2011 4:14 pm
Hi, I was pruning our coco plums (Chrysobalanus icaco) today Dec six when I found this caterpillar chowing down. He is twice as long as my thumb and as wide. I live in Fort Myers FL. I searched your site to find a picture & info. about this caterpillar, but did not find any. Maybe this is a different species! Thanks in advance for your help!
Signature: Carol Schumann

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Carol,
These are positively gorgeous photos of an Imperial Moth Caterpillar,
Eacles imperialis.  Thanks for also providing the name of the food plant, the coco plum.  A recent posting of this species from September shows a brown coloration that could be either a color variation, or more likely, the darkening of the pre-pupal caterpillar that usually leaves its food plant to find an appropriate place to dig into the soil to undergo metamorphosis.

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

This is so cool!  Thank you for the ID!  I had so much fun out there watching him eat and taking his picture! 🙂

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

2 Responses to Imperial Moth Caterpillar

  1. Angela Berryhill says:

    What do Imperial Mith Larvae eat?

    • bugman says:

      According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on leaves of Bald Cypress, basswood, birch, cedar, elm, hickory, Honeylocust, maple, oak, pine, Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), sycamore, walnut.”

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