Hickory Horned Devil
Over the weekend my good friend Jeremy Martin came over with an exciting treat--a Hickory Horned Devil... the large caterpillar of the Regal Moth or the Royal Walnut Moth.
I had never seen the hickory horned devil, though I had known of the regal moth from insect manuals. Jeremy found this fascinating creature crossing a path at Prairie Oaks park west of Columbus, Ohio. He returned it to the park after allowing me to photograph these images.
The hickory horned devil in these photos measured around six inches in length. From what I've read online, the appearance of the caterpillar is a bluff--it looks ferocious but is harmless. Unlike most caterpillars that spin cocoons, the hickory horned devil burrows into the ground to transform into an adult moth.
Learn More About the Hickory Horned Devil
- Hickory Horned Devil, North Carolina
- Hickory Horned Devil - Egg to Caterpillars
- Hickory Horned Devil Photos
Learn More About the Regal Moth
Note: Information on this page regarding the Hickory Horned Devil was collected from the links above, as well as from information collected by Jeremy Martin.
Also, see more caterpillar photos.