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Unknown catepilar
Unknown catepilar  

Unknowncatep
Unknowncatep  
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.

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Hi Vivian
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)

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