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

October 8, 2015


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!

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