So this American Dagger Moth caterpillar (I think) made his or her way along Betsy's driveway while we sat outside last weekend talking. I put it in Aidan's butterfly tent that we used to hatch some Painted Ladies (or Pink Ladies, in Aidan speak) over the summer.
I wanted to look up the caterpillar on the web so we could identify it. In the time that I took to do this, the caterpillar made itself quite at home. I found that this little creature will most likely want to winter over. I really tried to get her out but she wouldn't budge so I guess she may be here to stay on our back porch for the winter.
We put a leaf in for eating and a wonderful stick for making a cocoon. She went under the leaf and made her cocoon and we can't see her at all. I'm hoping I can share a picture of her with wings in a few weeks. Otherwise, I will do so in the spring!