Oooopsy! So what we thought was a luna moth caterpillar is not a luna moth caterpillar afterall! (See Luna Moth posting.)
SO, we looked up this poly guy and as you can see from the photo, it looks exactly like a luna moth caterpillar!!! How on earth do you tell them apart you may ask? According to one website, "Luna
moth caterpillars superficially resemble those of the polyphemus
but differ because they have vertical yellow lines on each segment
rather than single horizontal lines along each side of the body." Who knew?
As much as the two caterpillars look alike, the moths they turn into most certainly do NOT look alike.
Though sadly we didn't spot an endangered species, we've certainly learnt lots about moths!