Pre-Pupal Luna Moth Caterpillar

CATAPILLER
Location: TEXARKANA TEXAS
October 24, 2011 5:08 pm
FOUND THIS GUY MID DAY OCTOVER 23 2011. HE WAS CLINGING TO AN ABANDONED WASP NEST. I PLACED IT IN A JAR WITH SOME LOCAL VEGITATION AND WITHIN 6-12 HOURS IT HAD WOVEN A BROWN FIBOURS CACOON. I HAVE FOUND IMAGES SIMILAR TO IT BUT ALL THEM WERE OF GREEN CATAPILLARS
Signature: ERIC BATES

Pre-Pupal Luna Moth Caterpillar

Hi Eric,
Many caterpillars change from green to orange, brown or even pink just prior to pupation.  This is a Pre-Pupal Luna Moth Caterpillar.  Here is a similar photo from BugGuide.  In the spring it will emerge into an adult Luna Moth, a beautiful pale green moth with long tails.

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