|Dryocampa rubicunda the 'green striped mapleworm' feeds gregariously in its early life stages|
The adult is pretty small for being in the family of 'giant silk moths' but what it lacks in size it makes up for in vibrant colors! The heavy bodied moths tend to sit pretty still when at rest; when one of my neighbors asked 'is that really real?' prodding the moth into movement wasn't all that convincing.
They are indeed real, and just one of the many species of fascinating moths that can be found right here in Delaware!