Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : HUGE GREEN WORM. Citheronia Regalis (regal moth). Beauty surrounds...Huntsville, Texas.

HUGE GREEN WORM. Citheronia Regalis (regal moth). Beauty surrounds...Huntsville, Texas.

I consider myself lucky each and every day the sun shines. Or, I simply awake and stretch and breathe and realize I'm here. I then take the steps I can to make it a good day. Good or great. That's all I have.

I was given a gift of major magnitude today and I must share it with you.

Let me qualify myself with this by saying I'm really not that great with bugs...certainly not scary big ones.

This gift is a rare and beautiful sight I was blessed to see today and I want you to enjoy it too. I knew not what it was till I grabbed my handy google page and looked up...

giant worm green texas...

Up came the pictures. Luckily when I saw this gorgeous creature crawling across my porch today I felt no threat. I just felt intrigued and in awe of the creativity of our nature and powers.

Introducing the most wonderful and so they tell me "common"...Hickory Horned Devil (caterpillar), also known at the Citheronia Regalis (regal moth).

Once I completed photographing him...I took him out into the garden and told him "thank you" and let him go. I couldn't wait to see what I had just photographed.

Enjoy.Deb's photo of a butterfly in the making! He was easily a half a foot long and lovely. I wasn't scared....even though I had never witnessed anything like this. It was like a miracle of life crossing my path.

I feel lucky and blessed to have been able to photograph this beautiful creature. 

Amazing isn't he? Here's the wide shot.  Citheronia Regalis (regal moth).He was easily 5.5 to 6" long and was lovely.







 Citheronia Regalis (regal moth) by Debra A Brooks













I scooped (very gently) him up in my cup and carried him to the garden. If I am doubly blessed he will live a a long and wonderful life.  

 Citheronia Regalis (regal moth). Upside down.














He looks small in my huge cup. He's upside down and trusting me. He is an 8 horned thingy. Meaning

he's larger than normal. I'm glad I'm not a screatcher! I opened the door and there he was on my

welcome mat! What a hoot!

 Citheronia Regalis (regal moth). Smiling.














Here is a shot of the incredible creature he is destined to become. Behold...

It's the real thing! By Michael Pettigrew,














I hope you enjoyed this...I sure did. Later in the rain~Deb


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Comment balloon 32 commentsDeb Brooks • October 20 2008 10:05PM


Debra, my computer is named bug lady but only because it was my daughter's computer before it became my computer.  She has ALWAYS been fascinated by bugs.  I don't have near the fascination but that is one unique caterpillar. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb, I love that you marvel at the nature around you. That makes you a VERY good person in my book.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

This is worth a peaky peak....I had never seen one. How cool is that. Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Debra, a kindred spirit! My son mocks me because I look everything up on google! This little guy is kinda ugly (especially the brown "end") but we all start out a little different looking in life don't we? Now go wash that coffee cup out pronto LOL!!

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 10 years ago

Colleen, you're so funny. And, yes I do look everything up on Google....and it's there! How awesome is that? I like learning something everyday! What a beautiful thing...

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Very cool Deb.  I have never seen one of those before.  Now, that I've learned something today, I can finally go to bed.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Sweet dreams Eric, good night and your welcome...zzzzzzzzz....Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Gee Deb:  All these great looking worms and moths are just making me so hungry.  I hope the McDonalds drive thru is still open.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb-I'm not too keen on bugs but this one is kinda neat. I really love what it turns into. Enjoyed the insect lesson

Posted by Pat Whitehouse, Broker/Owner (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb... What a great way to spend some time in your day... learning new things about nature and other creatures we share the world with.

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Okay, he/she will be a beautiful moth.... but OMG it looks huge!  Im 6'1 and pretty sure I'd 'shoo' him away.  Does that make me less manly?

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago


I think you took this a little bit more calmly than I would have! ;)  He really is a pretty shade of green though and his future does look promising! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Posted by Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging (Empire Home Staging Solutions) over 10 years ago

Morning Debra,

Reassuring to know that you didn't just scream, shout then step on the lil guy. Many would have. Life is good, isn't it! Always something new in our path to experience and enjoy.

What did we ever do without Google?

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

No way - that is so BEAUTIFUL!  He is huge though - I might have left out a yelp at first!  Thanks for sharing - that started my morning beautifully!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

That thing is so ugly it's cute. Better you than me though, I don't do well with bugs, any kind of bugs.

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) over 10 years ago

Deb, I enjoyed it very much. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is definitely one of God's great miracles. He didn't have to do it that way. I guess it's just another way to make His presence known. All we have to do is look.

Now go squish it and see what's inside:)

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Deb - We do have a lot of bugs in Texas and you have the right attitude in admiring one of the miracles of life. Don't squish it. It would just be slime inside.

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) over 10 years ago

I'm a nature lover, too! I've always been amazed at the metamorphosis of catipillars into such a beautiful creature as a butterfly.


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) over 10 years ago

Thank you all for the comments! I will be back to visit with each of you very soon.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Wow what a unique creature! I am glad you took the time to share this with us and I hope to see you in Houston this week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Deb, He (or she) is definitely amazing....I love the transformation of these 'bugs' into magnifecent butterflies!  I'm glad it's safe in your backyard---thank goodness no one stepped on it!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Carole, I would be telling a tale if I told you it didn't startle me...I had never seen anything like this. I hope I get to see him/her after she/he turns into the moth!

Russell, I am looking forward to seeing you in the morning. Bright and early...yawn.

Debi, it is totally amazing. I would love to witness an actual transformation!

Robin, I watched it scoot all over the porch. If you looked hard you could almost see its chance I would have squished it....yuk.

Bryant, You always manage to make me laugh. I do hope the two of you are doing well. I hear TLW is getting her roar back! Thank God.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Lissa, Cole would have loved it! Even I kept wanting to touch it but I was afraid it might fact, it might have! I dunno.

Leesa, I'm so glad you enjoyed this little one! It certainly gave me a boost for the day too! It's good to hear from you! Take care my friend.

Harold, I shudder at the thought of life without google.

Michelle, it is a doozy. I hope I get to see him/her after the transformation~that'll be a sight!

John, no it doesn't make you less manly silly! You would have become as enamored with it as I did. I was too scared to push it off the porch at first. I thought about getting out the 22.

Steve, believe me it was my bright spot.

Pat, it was just too different not to pay attention to it!

Karen Anne.....BLUK. Ewwwuuuu.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

What a crazy looking worm! :-) Kinda cute, but I never would have believed that he was that big except that your picture proves it. Yikes... but what a gorgeous pic.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Does everything in Texas have horns? I read a post last week from Texas showing this horned Dung Beetle.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

 Hi Deb, I guess it's a boy/guy thing but I think it's beautiful. Then again I once had a wolf spider living with me for a couple of months but you probably don't want to hear that! ;-)

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, I just got back to Austin from ReBar and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed seeing you and hanging out! I had already previously subscribed to your blog but will add you as an associate too! Thanks AGAIN!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

What a great worm! I saw this the other day and wasn't logged in to comment but he was a beauty!


Posted by Melanie Pavelka (Brooks Prime Properties) over 10 years ago

Deb- I saw giant green worm and your name and had to come see what it was! lol. Way cool pics, amazing what creatures Gos creates. We should all stop to notice the awesome things in our world!

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 10 years ago
This is amazing, because i was driving down a country road yesterday 8/30/2011 and saw one of these worms crawling across the road and i had never seen anything like it so i turned around and got him out of the road and brought him home with me just as i got him a truck came by and he would surely have been killed. Now that i know what he really is i will release him into the woods and i hope he makes it.He is truely amazing.
Posted by Jeff almost 8 years ago

Jeff, you are awesome for saving him! Isn't he just beautiful? I don't know how you found out about him through me but I'm sure glad you did. Congratulations for being a wonderful person and for saving a beautiful life!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Deb-  I know this post is quite old, and maybe you will not see my reply to it, but I absolutely have to leave you a little note.  I spotted the adult version of this little guy on the wall outside my house today.  I got on google--of course--to look it up to see what it was, I've never seen one before.  The wingspan was at least 6 in across.  The body of this big fella was as thick as my thumb, and a nice topaz shade of yellow/orange with lighter yellow/white stripes.  I am glad I stumbled upon your page because I did not know what the caterpillar version of this amazing little creature looked like.  It was very nice to see your post, and I felt equally enthusiastic about finding this creature as I'm sure you did!  I'm in Central Arkansas, and I've never seen one like this before, nice to know they are in Texas too :)

Posted by Melissa Ratliff about 7 years ago