That Is Way Too Big: North America's Largest Caterpillar

October 8, 2015

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This is a video of a Hickory Horned Devil (Citheronia regalis) crawling around on a woman's hands. The Hickory Horned Devil is North America's largest caterpillar and metamorphoses into a regal moth. The moth has a six-inch wingspan but is significantly smaller than its caterpillar form. The caterpillar is harmless and only looks terrifying to scare away predators. I'm guessing it works too because I'm not even a predator and I want nothing to do with that monster. Could you imagine if this is what the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar was based on? It would have eaten the whole f***ing planet and started chewing its way towards the sun.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Vuster, who agrees Mother Nature needs to focus less on the gigantic versions of things and more on the teensy, cute versions of things. I'm looking at you, little snail!

  • grim reaper

    #010 Caterpie Worm Pokemon | Length: 1' 0” | Weight: 6 lbs. | Type: Bug Basic Pokemon , Evolves Into Metapod Attacks: Tackle , String Shot

  • R Hartness

    My father-in-law found one of these a couple weeks ago and put it in a jar to show my 2 and 4 year old kids.

    As expected, the 2 year old, 4 year old, mother and grand mother freaked out at the "demon caterpillar" while I was mesmorized.

    It really is a remarkable creature. Must caterpillers around here are no more than a quarter of this guys length.

  • MustacheHam

    Yikes...this looks like something I would draw. 8D

  • Xockszky

    I think it's cool. It's harmless so if you see one, at least you can observe it, and not some horribly poisonous insect that will literally kill you the second you come within its hemisphere, like Australian insects LOL... It looks like they can live where I live, but there's very few of them.

  • ciccio bomba

    never travel to these exotic countries. unless it's winter of course

  • Aeg

    Mom! Get the flamethrower!

  • I would have thrown a red and white ball at that thing.

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