The Very Hungry Caterpillar


I was mowing and brushed under a low-hanging tree branch. This dude landed on my arm. Isn’t he spectacular? We did a bit of research and determined he will some day become a Cecropia Moth. They are the largest moths in North America, with a wingspan of five to six inches.

Cecropia Moth

Very soon, this little guy will begin spinning a cocoon of brown, weather-resistant material. He will pupate and prepare himself for a long, cold winter. In spring, metamorphosis will occur and he (or she!) will emerge, looking like the moth pictured here. At the moment, this little mothman is munching apple, tulip poplar and lilac leaves in a homemade butterfly cage. The hope is he’ll spin his winter bed inside the cage, and we’ll get to watch him emerge in spring.

Wish us luck!




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    Nanny! August 19, 2014 (9:35 pm)

    This is beautiful! Your camera takes unbelievable pics! John says this is a tomato worm!!!!

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      Jennifer Kiko August 20, 2014 (5:54 am)

      Thanks. No, this isn’t a tomato worm. They have spots and a horny tail, not the little knobby bulb antennas. If you click on the link within this post, you can read all about it. Google tomato worm to see the difference. 🙂

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    Andrea at Opulent Cottage August 20, 2014 (8:28 am)

    What a cute creature! I would love to see one of those pretty moths!!

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    Rancher Girl August 20, 2014 (11:32 am)

    Good Luck! Keep us posted!

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    Sal August 25, 2014 (6:45 am)

    IF I ever find the tomato worm eating on my tomatoes, you can have it for a comparison.