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Old 07-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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butterfly Hickory Horned Devil Moth

I came into work today and my manager quickly showed me a picture a "this huge moth that was out back." And it was the endangered Hickory Horned Devil! It wasn't there when I went to check, she just showed me on her phone.

Any idea why the caterpillar is called the Hickory Horned Devil and the adult called Regal Moth?
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:21 AM   #2
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I came into work today and my manager quickly showed me a picture a "this huge moth that was out back." And it was the endangered Hickory Horned Devil! It wasn't there when I went to check, she just showed me on her phone.

Any idea why the caterpillar is called the Hickory Horned Devil and the adult called Regal Moth?
The name :Hickory Horned Devil" appears to have devolved from the somewhat ferocious appearance of the full-grown larva along with its association with hickory trees and other members of the walnut family, although it has been known to feed on the leaves of several other trees and shrubs as well. I can only guess that the term "regal moths" could come from a comparison of their vivid, velvety appearance with that of robes worn by royalty in ages past.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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For those of us who don't know what a Hickory Horned Devil looks like...
The Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar - hilarynelson.com
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #4
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That's one peculiar looking critter.
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Handsome little fella.
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:18 PM   #6
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I quite liked his "plumes."
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