They are fascinating looking critters.
The caterpillar/larva are banded with white/cream, black, and yellow stripes.
It has three pairs of thoracic legs and five pairs of prolegs.
It has 2 pairs of sensory tentacles, one pair on the head and another pair near the end of the abdomen.
Isn't nature miraculous and amazing!
PS Because it bears repeating, if you want pollinators in all stages of their life cycle~plant host plants and never, never, never, ever use pesticides. I do mean never.
This post is also part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
Part I~Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All be pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
What's In Your Garden (here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
It's Spring and A Gardener's Thoughts Are On Pollinators (here)
The Wildflower and The Bee (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
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