Hickory Horned Devil - (Citheronia regalis)
Despite its appearance, all the dangers of the Hickory Horned Devil rest in its name only.
The Hickory Horned Devil becomes the Regal Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Regal Moth Caterpillar.
The Hickory Horned Devil can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
long antennae; medusa; curved antlers; red black horns; tentacles; millipede; brown; maroon; red; black; green; white; orange; huge; large; big; harmless; safe; long legs; freaky; scary; spiny; orange head; red head; multicolored head; black head; branching; prickle; thorn; plump; fat; thick; finger.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Hickory Horned Devil as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.