"This morning, while gathering food for the unknown three, I found on the same foodsource a completely different caterpillar: very brown, ungranulated, with the tail bending backwards. This one is a bit larger than the unknown three. I'm sending the photo of this one along as well. Please let me know if they aren't clear enough.
"Thank you for your time. Your help is greatly appreciated! Have a good day."
"Glad you enjoy the site and find it useful. I would like permission to post your images with credit to you?? Thanks for providing data and host plant."Jill responded, "Sure enough, by the fourth instar, one of the green ones now match the brown one! Thank you so much for the identification.
"You are more than welcome to use the photos, even to alter them to lighten them up if necessary. I just took quick shots to send. I've sent along more photos of other species I've raised over the past few years: Manduca quinquemaculata (two different color forms in the same brood), Hemaris diffinis, and a "how-many-can-you-find" one of Xylophanes tersa. The Hemaris one, that one was the only brown form I've ever seen. All the others I've raised were all green. I think he just turned a darker brown before pupating.
"These are all from Williamson County as well."
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