Remember this beautiful Luna Moth? It has a wingspan of 4-5 inches, lives for only a week or so, and has no mouth -- it doesn't feed after it becomes a moth. I'd never seen one before moving out here.
Well, today my husband called me out to see a huge, fat, green caterpillar.
Of course, it turns out to be the caterpillar stage of the Luna Moth.
Here's a shot of it against someone's remarkably ugly foot, just to give you an idea of the size.
Nature is truly remarkable.