The last evening of Bug Shot 2012, I was in the “toy room” helping clean up. I had set up an aquarium for photographing aquatic insects the first night and hadn’t put it away, so I scooped everything out of it and was about to pick it up and dump the water out when I saw this clinging to the outside:
What a crazy cool caterpillar! I believe it is a curve-lined owlet caterpillar, Phyprosopus callitrichoides. It comes as no surprise that this is a woodland species. Can you imagine how hard it would be to see one of these on a tree?! I happily snapped a few shots, then I took it outside before I finished my cleaning.