31 May 2010
Cucullia asteroides - the Goldenrod Hooded Owlet moth
He was a very messy eater, clipping leaves off and letting them fall to the ground; I've read or heard that some caterpillars employ this strategy so that partially-eaten leaves on the plant do not give away their presence. I do have to say this guy was well camouflaged, because there were times when I had difficulty locating him in the jar.
In mid-September he disappeared. Totally. I knew he had burrowed into the mulch at the bottom to pupate, so I placed the jar in our unheated garage for the winter. A couple weeks ago he reappeared, as the rather inconspicuous moth shown here.
As best I can tell, he's one of the hundreds of species of Cucullia moths - Cucullia asteroides, as best I can tell. Not a colorful creature by human standards (or by lepidopteran standards), but I suspect that drab coloration serves the defenseless adult well for camo, just as the striking green stripes served the caterpillar.