If you spend enough time looking at clouds you will start seeing shapes. The same goes for this caterpillar. Larvae of many species in the prominent moth family (Notodontidae) “are strikingly patterned or shaped, and their odd appearance may make them less recognizable to predators (Kaufman Field Guide to North America).” Morning-glory prominents are common in hardwood forests throughout much of North America and despite their name, they probably don’t eat morning glory. Instead, they feed on leaves of beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, rose, and other woody plants. Adults have a more subdued beauty and are perfectly camouflaged when they rest on trees. There is one generation in the north, with adults flying from June to August. This species overwinters in the pupal stage.
Photo by Lisa Ann Cloo on 8/20/20 in Clinton, MT.