Subject: caterpillar or moth?
Location: North Charleston, SC
May 21, 2015 8:14 pm
This strange fellow about fell on my head tonight. I’ve never seen a bug quite like it. It looked like a caterpillar but had wings and was quite large (about 5 inches long). Any idea who this guy was?
This is a newly eclosed Imperial Moth, and because its wings have not yet fully expanded, it still resembles a caterpillar in form though its metamorphosis is complete. Once its wings have expanded, it can fly and it will seek out a mate, living only long enough to reproduce. Adult Imperial Moths do not take food.