Zoology/Can you identify catepillar
I live in north central florida and found this unusual catepillar. It is orange with a hard casing around head andwhat appears to be tiny thorns. It is roughly 3 inches long.
This is the caterpillar of the beautiful Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) You can let it alone or if you wish let it complete its life cycle. Put it in a container with about 6 inches of soft dirt with some Oak leaves or pine needles. When ready it will burrow into the soil and pupate. In a few months the adult will emerge (hopefully)