big green caterpillar



On a recent walk around our neighbourhood, we spotted this brilliantly coloured BIG caterpillar moving slowly along the street. We’d never seen one like it. Husband picked it up gently with a leaf while I found a discarded takeout cup in which to carry it home, showing it off to some young children we passed by. At home, husband took many photos and I googled for its name.

It looks like it may be a Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar – Antheraea polyphemus, which transforms into a giant tan colored silk moth with an average wingspan of 6 inches (15 cm)!

Oh, and what happened to our captive? Husband put it back in the cup with leaves and a blackberry and placed it under the brambles just outside the corner of our yard. The next morning, the leaf and the caterpillar were gone. We hope it survived and metamorphosed into that lovely moth. I would have liked to have seen that moth.

September 29, 2008 in Nature, Neat stuff, Photoworks by Marja-Leena