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Spiny Oak-Slug

by Bryan on September 18th, 2011

I have for many years wanted to see this outrageous insect, Spiny Oak-Slug (Euclea delphinii). This one came off a Sugar Maple in Lincoln, Vermont, and made a stop on white paper for a bit of creative photography. It eats a variety of woody vegetation. Despite it circus of colors, Spiny Oak-Slug can be hard to find. As an adult it’s a rather plain brown-and-tan moth with festive green patches on the forewings. But as a caterpillar, well, it made my legs wobble. And, as you can see, it need not be big to weaken my knees. Here’s an adult from my pal (and moth maven) Hugh McGuinness.

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