a photograph taken by janice stiefel -- one of nearly 800 amazing photos of moths, caterpillars, butterflies, spiders, and other insects she posted at bugguide.net (a website dedicated to the identification and natural histories of insects, spiders, and their kin.)
janice passed away earlier this week. her daughter kay has been a dear friend of mine for years.
janice was, among other things, a nature photographer, speaker, writer, naturalist, researcher, and entomologist. you can see all of her photos here. this is pandorus sphinx moth larva - eumorpha pandorus.