|Larva of the Clouded Crimson moth,|
Schinia gauraeFound on the Lower McDowell Rd.
right-of-way, on Gaura mollis
Excitedly, I started searching the Gaura plants along the Creek Field driveway.
What I found was the caterpillar pictured to the left. Is he an early version of the Clouded Crimson larva (he was maybe half the size of the caterpillar pictured above)?
Or is he the larva of a different species altogether?
John & Jane Balaban of bugguide.net confirm: The little guy is an early instar of S. gaurae. Wonderful!!