Imperial Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: My son moved to Raleigh, NC and sent me a picture of this caterpillar. It’s about 6 inches long.

A: It’s a very handsome imperial moth caterpillar. It goes through different color changes as it matures from initial egg hatch.

You rarely see them because they stay in treetops in summer, feeding on leaves of oak, sweetgum and maple trees. The caterpillars only drop down to pupate for winter.

See Imperial Moth for excellent pictures of the caterpillar and moth.

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