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And here's the beast in person, gleaned from the net under images for
*Acronicta
afflicta: * http://caterpillarblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/dsc0088.jpg

Thank youuuu,
b


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> That's probably the beast, Kathleen.  As you noted, there's apparently
> considerable variation in the coloration of the larvae.  The book I have (a
> Princeton guide also by David L. Wagner) shows a pale green larva with
> setae almost exactly like the caterpillar we had in hand.  Wagner states
> that prepupal forms of daggers often turn pink or red, "especially those
> that tunnel into wood to to fashion a pupal chamber."  There are also
> melanistic forms, which might account for the black head (which also could
> have been a dark reddish brown.)  That the larva might have been looking
> for a soft chunk of wood would make sense, because my grandson found it on
> the ground, and when I let it go it preferred being in the understory.
>
> Thanks much !
>
> b
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