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.