Consider yourself warned.
This afternoon I decided to go out back to read a few chapters of my book under the shade of our maple tree. As soon as I sat down Honey found Alex's flip flop and took off with it since she likes to chew on such things. I got up to get it from her and saw something moving in the grass.
This is what I saw ...
Isn't he the ugliest thing you've ever seen?
I immediately ran into the house for my camera and to tell the kids to come see him. We got a piece of an empty box and scooped him into it so we could get a closer look. He was hard to see in the grass. He got mad at us when we did that which freaked the kids out a bit. He was thrashing about like a crocodile would.
After taking a few pics, I came in to look up what kind of caterpillar he was since I've never seen anything like it. Turns out he is a Hickory Horned Devil and he is completely harmless. Here is a website I found some information on.
I went back outside to find that Doug and the kids had moved him to near the walnut tree since that is one of the things that they eat (walnut tree leaves). I told the kids what I had discovered and asked if any of them wanted to hold him. They were all pretty grossed out by that fact so I picked him up first.
Yeah, that's him in my hand. He's huge!
Once the kids saw it was okay to hold him, they decided they'd give it a try. In fact, they were arguing over who got to hold him.
Nick is reacting to the fact that he tickles your hand while he's crawling.
Keira is totally faking the grossed-out face. She loved holding him.
Now that's a face only a mother could love.
We read that he was probably looking for a place to burrow underground to pupate. So after we were done playing with him, we put him down and observed him for a while. He found a comfy spot and starting digging.
Because I had to go make supper, I told the kids it was time to leave him be. I didn't want them bothering him after I left. :) We put a few rocks by the spot where we left him. Nick checked on him about 10 minutes later and said he was almost completely underground.
According to the Discover Life website, it will become a yellow-orange moth with a wingspan of 5-6 inches.
This picture is from the Discover Life website.
How very cool is that?! I'm really enjoying watching God's beauty in nature this summer!