One day I found this pretty moth in
my garden. I put it in a jar to show to the grand kids.
While in captivity she laid eggs on a leaf. So the kids got
to watch the caterpillars hatch, grow, spin cocoons, and emerge as
Acrea tiger moth
as if she landed on the outside of your window.
The more likely view of the moth.
Since they are night
flyers, they can be easily handled during
the day. Before they can take off, they must flutter their
wings until their flight muscles warm up to operating temperature.
So you have warning in case you want to keep them captive.
This view shows the orange color of the
This is the egg mass glued to the under side
of a mint leaf.
Here is a woollybear caterpillar. It
is commonly called a saltmarsh caterpillar.
the caterpillars have silvery hair
black. It may change color between
instars (when the skin is shed to permit growth).