Royal Walnut Moth



This vicious-looking (but rather harmless) caterpillar can often reach lengths of 6 inches. The large spines and black and orange horns are meant the scare away potential predators such as birds.



Hickory-Horned Devil/Royal Walnut Moth Citheronia regalis (Fabricius) (Family: Saturniidae)

Habitat: Hardwood forests

Florida range: Northern Florida including panhandle 

Larval host plants: walnut (Juglans species) and hickory (Carya species) trees

Flight: June-September  

Occurrence: Common

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Temperate Hardwood Forest

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