These large silk moths (family Saturniidae) are found in the Eastern and Central U.S. and Canada. The non-feeding adults may reach a wingspan of up to 6 inches. The large showy caterpillars feed on a variety of tree leaves, including birch, cherry, and apple.
Look like a familiar beach scene? The Portuguese man-of-war (Physalia physalis) is not
actually a jellyfish, but a colony of organisms living together. Please
be careful if you find one for even if they are dead they can sting
you. Have you seen any on the beach so far this summer?
Photos taken at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, MA, USA