This caterpillar has stinging hairs that are to be avoided. The adult moth is actually called the Saddleback Caterpillar Moth, hence the repetition of the word caterpillar.
Acronicta hastaThis is also known as the Speared Dagger Moth.
Acronicta longa This is a stinging caterpillar.
Actias lunaThis is a closeup of the eyepot found near the leading edge of each of the luna moth's wings. They may startle birds or direct them to peck at a less vulnerable part of its body.
Actias lunaThe eyespots and folded wings of this luna moth look like a face to me when viewed this way. The leading edge of the wings are actually at the bottom of the image.
I have lots of photos of Luna Moths, but the silhouette of this newly emerged Luna Moth was irresistible.
Actias lunaThese two luna moths on an oak tree had just emerged in March, the first brood of the season. The purple edges on the wings are pigment accumulated over the winter months. Later broods usually have yellow edges.
ADELIDAE familyI don't know the life history of this tiny moth, but its long antenna must have an interesting tale to tell.
Agraulis vanillaeYou can appreciate the length of the Gulf Fritillary's proboscis when you see how deep the throat of the pentas flower is.
Agraulis vanillaeThis Gulf Fritillary is melanistic which means that it has more black pigmentation than a normal individual. It is the oppositie of albinism which is the lack of this pigmentation. Melanism may be caused by genetic or environmental conditions.
Libytheana carinentaNote the long snout of this butterfly. American Snouts often land on people because they love to drink sweat.
This female Spiny Oakworm Moth was laying eggs for at least half an hour.
Apatelodes torrefactaThe bright red prolegs are a quick giveaway that this is a Spotted Apatelodes moth caterpillar.
Apatelodes torrefactaThe color of the Spotted Apatelodes Moth caterpillar can range from white to bright yellow. Note the bright red prolegs.
I consider myself fortunate to have seen the Arogos Skipper adults and this chrysalis. It is seen in only a very few sites in Florida.
These large eggs of the Atala butterfly are on the Coontie (Zamia pumila).
Automeris ioThis is a beautiful caterpillar, but those who have experienced the stinging hairs of this caterpillar will tell you to avoid touching it.