Outside today, hubby and the kids found something none of us had ever seen before. Pete's sister came over, and a friend of his came over. Neither of them had ever seen it either. Now we are all well into our 40's. Lived here all our lives. This is strange! Even later on, Papa Shot comes by. He's at least 20 years older than any of us and he's never seen one either!
I come to look it up on the Internet. Had the good fortune of finding Bea online. She gave me the bead on where to go, where to look. Thanks, Bea!
Here's a picture from Bubba's cell phone: Those long horns on his head are actually red in color. He looks very intimidating!
But from the excellent link Bea gave me, we find it is simply a caterpillar for a large plain looking moth! He is as big as my middle finger and we believe him to be about ready to cocoon. So we have him held captive.
At the sight above, there is a chart like this:
As you can see, they are readily found lots of places, but not in East Texas! The men outside theorize that this things relatives came in on the winds of hurricane Rita in 2005. Lots of things are different here since then.
Will be back to update the success or failure of our little experiment.