I’m guessing that this caterpillar is a cutworm: possibly a Snowy Dart. Can anyone give a positive id to this critter?
That is so interesting about this caterpillar is that its coloring and strips make it very good at staying hidden. However, I can only assume that when threatened, it will bend in such a way to expose these stunning black “eye” patches; perhaps a way of scaring away predators.
underside view (note: this caterpillar was not found on or near this pine tree.)
photos copyright Hester Burch
It was found by students weeding one of our native plant gardens at Elms –October 2011.