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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Ceratocampinae — some moths.


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  • Later, a quick search thru the caterpillar pictures on BugGuide revealed that this was a Hickory Horned Devil, the caterpillar of the Royal Walnut Moth or Regal Moth, Citheronia regalis.

    Fat, green horned devil AYDIN 2007

  • One writer I had reason to suppose standard authority stated that caterpillars from Citheronia Regalis eggs emerged in sixteen days.

    Moths of the Limberlost Gene Stratton-Porter 1893

  • A third small species, Citheronia sepulcralis, expands only a little over three inches, is purple-brown with yellow spots; and is a rare Atlantic Coast species having been found once in Massachusetts, oftener in Georgia, never west of Pennsylvania.

    Moths of the Limberlost Gene Stratton-Porter 1893

  • We believe this most resembles the Splendid Royal Moth Caterpillar, Citheronia splendens pictured on BugGuide.

    What's That Bug? 2009


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