Hickory horned devil | Living the Country Life

Hickory horned devil

September 10, 2012

My niece Tika Marie Siburt posted this photo on Facebook and I shared it with Living the Country Life fans. They loved it, although most had no idea what it was.

This is not something right out of a Chinese New Year's parade. It's a hickory horned devil, the larva of the regal or royal walnut moth, Citheronia regalis (Fabricius). When full grown it comes down from the trees to wander in search of a site for pupation. If you see one, move it to an area of soft soil or mulch where it can burrow.The regal moth is found throughout the eastern United States from Missouri to Massachusetts and southward to Texas and Florida. Tika lives in Maryland and her farm is full of walnut trees.

You can read more about the hickory horned devil here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in209

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