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via http://xeeme.com/LADYTEREZIEThe hickory horned devil
is among the largest of our native saturniid caterpillars.
It is 12.5 to 14 cm in length - about the size of a large hot dog.
The caterpillars vary slightly in color, but are commonly blue-green.
The second and third thoracic segments each bear two long and two shorter orange, black-tipped scoli (tubercles in the form of spinose projections of the body wall).
The abdominal segments each have four short, black scoli, and segments 2 through 8 have a pale, oblique lateral stripe.
Although the larva has a fierce appearance, it is harmless.