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.
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!