This is the caterpillar that is at this very moment systematically eating it's way through a large portion of one of my Orange Bell bushes out in the back yard.
When I saw it I did a double take, not because it is so green, and not because it is so pretty, but because it is so HUGE! The next picture will give you an idea of just how huge.
See what I mean?
I know nothing about caterpillars and I have no problem with it eating to it's hearts content as long as it stays well away from my veggie patch. It is so beautiful and appears to be a solitary fellow from what I can tell. How amazing to watch it neatly chewing it's way through the leaves.
I can only wonder about what enthralling moth or butterfly it will become when it has eaten enough, rested for a while, and is good and ready. Any caterpillar experts out there that can help me with identification?