While deadheading the Pussy Toes (Antennaria rosea), I noticed this handsome guy taking a snooze in the foliage. I don't recognize it in its larval form for the butterfly or moth that it will become. Do you?
It's about two inches long and when I disturbed it, it was very lethargic. Perhaps it's getting ready to pupate. If you know what it is, please tell!
Update: Thank you to @PWFourStar, @AboutInsects, Nathan(2af), mr_subjunctive, and Lisa at Greenbow for identifying this caterpillar as the larval form of the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis). It is closely related to the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). They are warm-weather residents here in Ohio, migrating south to Texas and other southern states for the winter.
They're commonly found right where I found this one - on Antennaria sp., where they roll up in the leaves and secure it closed with silk strands. They're fans of Artemesia, too, which I've got near the Pussy Toes.
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