Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giant Leopard Moth

Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia).   This black, bristly, 2 1/2"caterpillar is a member of the Wooly Bear family of caterpillars and shows red bands under the bristles when it rolls up into a ball when disturbed.  The adult moth from this caterpillar is white with black spots, has a 3" wingspan, and is nocturnal so it is seldom seen.  More common in the eastern and southern United States this caterpillar was hiking on a trail at the ACRES LAND TRUST Dustin Nature Preserve in Allen County, Indiana.  After being removed from the trail it was last seen, curled in a tight ball showing it's bright stripes.