Originally Posted by MysticStar
That moth looks really nice. I didnt know there were very large moths
It looks like my memory was off a little bit on some of my descriptions... well, in my defense, it was a long time ago.
Later, I will have some links up and revise my story to fit the facts.
My guess is, and now I seem to recall, I had seen the large pupa of one of these giant moths, then a few years later, seen that giant caterpillar. I did not see two caterpillars as my story claimed. Oops. It turns out that all the giant silk moths in my area have a green giant stage. I can find no matches for my first giant caterpillar description. My memory must have been giant-sizing one of the common, normal-sized, caterpillars around here.
I am still trying to nail down the best candidate for that giant green caterpillar’s species and think I am getting close.
Also, I may have only seen the giant moth once in my life. I now remember being excited when my uncle found that large moth because it completed the tree main stages for me. Caterpillar, pupa, and moth… but I seen them out of sequence, with the pupa first.
I have found pictures of the species of adult moth I did see. I will have those links in my next post
Anyway, until then, beware of The Giant Moths, they are out there!
Disclaimer – giant, in this case, is measured in inches or centimeters.
Revised – I replaced the word cocoon with pupa. It was not the cocoon, but the pupa I was talking about. The pupa is the living creature inside the cocoon. The one I had seen had been removed from its cocoon. See what a little research will do to a person’s story. Argh!