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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the subfamilyCeratocampinae — 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.
One writer I had reason to suppose standard authority stated that caterpillars from Citheronia Regalis eggs emerged in sixteen days.
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.
We believe this most resembles the Splendid Royal Moth Caterpillar, Citheronia splendens pictured on BugGuide.