Hickory Horned Devil -- Citheronia Regalis by kadoka

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Hickory Horned Devil -- Citheronia Regalis
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What a find! These demonic looking caterpillars drop down from the trees to find a place to burrow & pupate in late summer.
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If you look closely, you'll notice this isn't the same one as the first two photos. This one has black horns, I found him last August whereas the one with orange horns I found yesterday. 

Maybe the larger, light teal with orange horns one is female and this one is male? I wonder...
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@jaki01 ·
> Maybe the larger, light teal with orange horns one is female and this one is male? I wonder...

As caterpillars don't need to find/attract sexual partners, I guess there is no need for gender dimorphimsm at this stage of development (that doesn't mean I would completely exclude this explanation).

In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis">Wikipedia</a> I find: "They molt four times. Each instar is <em>different</em>, but on their fifth and final instar they become a bright green color, with huge, black-tipped red horns, earning them their common name hickory horned devils.".
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