August 5th, 2008

Worm-zilla

My son is constantly finding wildlife in our yard. So yesterday, when I was sitting at my computer and I heard footsteps pounding down on my bedroom from the back door... "Mooommeeee! Look what I found!!"

I'm thinking a skeleton of something, a butterfly with a torn wing, maybe even a giant lizard or a baby turtle... I turn around and OMGWTFHOLYBEJEEZUS PUT THAT THING DOWN!!

Bright green, the size of my finger, covered in hair and spiky horns with an intimidating shiny yellow face and pointy fangs and pincers, I was pretty shaken.
I ran in circles for a minute, then grabbed a shoebox to contain worm-zilla, and calmed down long enough to google our find.

Before long my closest guess-timate is that we are the lucky discoverers of a young:


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Source : My Backyard :-)

Edit : According to oakenking, I was wrong. Apparently I have an "Imperial Moth Larva-Eacles imperialis". So.. two for one! Learn about the Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar AND the Imperial Caterpillar, both made of awesome.