Dragonlike insect

This creature has some horns and whole body full of thorn. Even some people are regarding it as a dragon. Their present is always scaring for people who dare to approaching the hickory tree. What creature is this?

Hickory Horned Devil

Hickory Horned Devil

This creature with the horn in the head is often seen on hickory tree called as hickory horned devil. This creature actually is a larva of the moth which colored brownish orange named Citheronia regalis.

Hickory horned devil has size which is bigger than common larva of the moth. It has 15 cm length and needs palm of hand to hold it.

The appearance of Hickory horned devil is scary, but actually this is not a dangerous creature. Their horns are not sharp. Their horn are seen as a camouflage which made it frightening for the predator.

Hickory horned devil is frequently seen on hickory trees because they eating leaf. During their life as larva they eat so much leafs. They also like to stay on the edge of trunk.

Hickory horned devil live in area spread from East side of United States of America to Mexico. This moth only lives one week. Then, they will die.

The larva is colored green when was born. Then, by time it will change to colored turquoise. Their horns will be colored orange like the leg of crab.

This larva is only live 5 weeks, about the month of July to August. After that, they will be change to be a cocoon and metamorphose to be a brown colored big moth.

You do not have to be afraid when you see this horned creature. This creature which often called as dragon actually is not dangerous insect.

Vocabulary

creature A creature is a living thing or a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
horn A horn is one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain animals
thorn A thorn is a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
regard Regard means an attitude of admiration or esteem
dragon A dragon is a fire-breathing mythological animal, a winged, flying, scaly creature.
scare Scare means frighten or intimidate; cause fear in.
dare Dare means a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy.
approach To approach is move towards (to get near) something.
hickory tree Hickory tree is an American hardwood tree bearing edible nuts
hickory horned devil Hickory horned devil is the regal moth (Citheronia regalis), also called the royal walnut moth, is a North American moth in the Saturniidae family.
larva A larva is the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
moth A moth is crepuscular or nocturnal insect typically having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
appearance Appearance is outward or visible aspect of a person or thing; an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
scary Scary means provoking fear terror; frightening because of an awareness of danger
sharp Sharp means having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing.
camouflage Camouflage is an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something.
frighten Frighten means causing fear or dread or terror.
predator A predator is an animal that eats other animals — or people or companies who act like they do.
trunk A trunk is the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark.
turquoise Turquoise is a shade of blue tinged with green.
crab A crab is decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers.
cocoon A cocoon is silky envelope spun by the larvae of many insects to protect pupas and by spiders to protect eggs.
metamorphose Metamorphose means change in outward structure or looks.
insect An insect is small air-breathing arthropod.
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