Jun 2, 2007

Don't Worry, Parrots

Bonnie-Ann's parents found this caterpillar in their parrots' aviary. The birds were far from happy at its presence.

Little did they know at the time that they were dealing with a hickory horned devil! These larvae grow to be 5" long, and can take anywhere from 11 to 23 months to pupate! But those spines are harmless, much like the ones I have strapped to my back to ward off solicitors.

Thanks for the link, Bonnie-Ann Black.

Photo source: NCSU


Anonymous said...

Wow! What a beast! I found this picture of an adult - http://www.stephencresswell.com/s/citheronia.html

Raging Wombat said...

Wow. That is huge.

Arachnophile said...

That is an amazing 'pillar. You have to wonder what sort of advantage those "spikes" really are. I want to learn more about this species. :)