Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar

A few minutes ago (literally) I stepped outside briefly to go get something out of the vehicle.  I was going down the front porch steps when I spotted something small and black and moving.  Of course, this required investigation, so I shone my flashlight on the unidentified moving object.  I was quite pleased with my find.  I’m fairly confident that this is the biggest caterpillar I’ve ever seen.  (The tomato worms I’ve seen don’t count; they’re worms, and plus, they’re not near as pretty.)  I had a lot of fun poking the thing, and he promptly curled up in a tight ball.  So I ran inside to get my camera.

But then he wouldn’t unroll himself…

So…I poked him a bunch more times and he (ok, so I honestly don’t know if it’s a he or a she) finally started crawling again.  Here he is on the rug.

I don’t know why…but he just made me feel happy; he was so pretty and fuzzy. 😀

Update:  did a little research on this guy, and he will someday become a Giant Leopard Moth.  Maybe I’ll see him flying around in awhile.


  1. Angela wrote:

    Wow! Weird things make you happy. :)