This 2008 image depicts a right lateral view of a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar's head region. It's hard to imagine, but keep in mind that this caterpillar is actually a developmental stage, or 'instar', through which the creature passes before becoming an adult, or 'imago' Regal Moth, Citheronia regalis. Just prior to entering its pupal stage, where it will metamorphose into the adult moth, the caterpillar will change its appearance, adopting more of a turquoise coloration, which looked to be the case in the specimen photographed here.
CDC/ Ranger, David Smith, Boy Scout Camp; Bert Adams, Boy Scout Reservation; Janice Carr
November 20, 2012
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