I couldn't resist this one. I came across him today while pruning one of my river birch. This is a Cercropia Moth caterpillar. When he turns into a moth, he'll have a wingspan of roughly 6 inches, sometimes more. My hand in the one picture is about a quarter inch from him. He's a big boy! This is just very exciting for me.
I found a cocoon a couple months ago that had fallen into the mulch, so I tied it back onto a lilac bush. I can only surmise that it did in fact, turn into a moth or why would I have more now? This is just...I'm thrilled. And yes, I'll be keeping an eye on him! :)
This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: