Luna Moth Caterpillar

Just a short drive away from work is Bryan Park and the Lake Townsend marina. Because I am also capturing a photo a day while working inside the conservation labs, the camera says with me.   During a sunny day lunch break, I stumbled on a different color green (glad I was looking down)!

Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflys and moths, and when they are off their host plant and out walking around, they’re going off to find a location (a green leaf) to spin a cocoon and pupate (metamorphosis).  After doing a bit of research, it appears this one is in it’s 5th instar stage.  In other words, as the caterpillar develops, it goes through several molting stages (if you’re not too squeamish, check out this “molting” video).

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