question on a caterpillar…
Love the site. Can you help me identify this one? It was in our front yard about a month ago. It measures 4-5 inches long. Biggest caterpillar I’ve encountered here. We had a very wet summer and have found many interesting things this fall including a Texas Brown tarantula (which we have as a pet now!). Thanks!
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar. There are several color variations in addition to the orange coloration in your photo. They might also be green, blue-green, golden or brown. They feed on a on the leaves of variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. Yellow and purple adults do not feed and live but a few days.