First Hickory Horned Devil of 2017

Subject: What’s this caterpillar?
Location: Melrose Florida
August 19, 2017 10:10 am
Hello, I’m in Melrose Florida in a wooded area and came upon this guy on the trail. I’m curious what he is and since I can’t find a photo like him in my online searches thought you might appreciate this one. He’s about 4 inches long and 3/4 inch diameter. Beautiful creature and intimidating with all those spikes on his head.
Signature: Kimberly

Hickory Horned Devil

Dear Kimberly,
The Hickory Horned Devil is one of the largest and most impressive caterpillars in North America.  Though frightening looking, it is perfectly harmless, and those spikes are not capable of stinging.  This is our first Hickory Horned Devil sighting of the season.

Very cool! Thanks for the response. He was very beautiful!

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