All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<b>Regal Moth Caterpillar</b> (a.k.a. "Hickory Horned Devil")
Regal Moth Caterpillar (a.k.a. "Hickory Horned Devil")
Citheronia regalis

This huge caterpillar is about 6" long. It was eating the leaves of a Sweet Gum tree. After eating its fill, it will pupate underground for 2 years before becoming a Regal Moth.
The long orange horns are harmless, they are used to intimidate birds and other predators.