That title is meant as warning for those of you that wouldn’t like to be surprised by a photo of an insect. I hope that you will take at least a little peek – I start out with a couple of small pictures – as I’m about to show you the jazziest-looking caterpillar that I have ever seen, a bright green one with little orange-red, yellow and blue, – yes, blue – protrusions!
Check out the spectacular head-gear.
I found him/her munching on one of our blueberry bushes, along with this sister/brother.
Who knows, there may be several more of these guys hiding on other bushes and trees in our yard.
I can’t help but think that we’re a little nuts to let these ravenous beasts live on in our blueberry patch, but we feel a sense of connection as we met their gorgeous moth mother as she busily laid eggs on our garden fence early this summer. Click here to see an adult Cecropia, the largest moth native to North America. We never got to see Mom with her wings laid out flat like that, but I’d guess that her wingspan was at least five inches.
We look forward to when these Bugs finally Stop Eating and spin their drab cocoons. I read that these things can grow to four and a half inches in length!
I’ll let you know how many Cecropia moths we see around the yard next year. Hopefully there won’t be a plague of them – I read that Mom may have laid over one hundred eggs!