what kind of caterpiller is this?

Asked September 17, 2020, 7:35 PM EDT

I've never seen one of these before, It is huge!!! Seen near garden in front of our house here in Catonsville.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Nice find! This appears to be an imperial moth caterpillar (Eacles imperialis). Here is an article about them along with a page that shows photos of the adult moths.
http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2013/8/30/silkmoth-season-part-1-imperial-moth-ieacles-imperialisi

https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/335

Christa