Giant Leopard Moth

The giant leopard moth is a gorgeous insect to stumble upon, though I have only seen a few of these over the years. At first glance they only look black and white, but up close, you can see hints of royal blue on its head and legs. It is the largest of the Eastern tiger moths and its larval-stage is a black fuzzy/spiny caterpillar that will roll into a defensive ball when touched, when you may catch a glimpse of orangish-red cross sections on the body between the rows of spines. Despite these fuzzy spines, this caterpillar does not sting.

Here are a few photos of the moth so you can see its cute little face as well as the majestic wings.

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