The very humongous caterpillar
Near our front porch, on the ground beneath a hickory tree, I found this larval wonder:
the largest caterpillar I’ve ever seen, and which we later identified as a Hickory Horned Devil. It was nearly four inches long and about as big around as Crayola washable marker, with a face like a Chinese New Year dragon mask.
It’ll overwinter underground, to reemerge as a Royal Walnut [behe]moth.
This Monday, it’s my big best shot.