Instar Light, Instar Bright

Strymon melinusAccording to the good bug people at, this is an instar caterpillar of the Grey Hairstreak (Strymon melinus). Here’s the adult, also seen at BBP. The caterpillar was munching away on some DesmodiumDesmodium trifoliatum. There is some variability in the coloring of these caterpillars; this one was pretty much the color of the flowers, which the young caterpillars eat before moving onto the leaves. Did it pick up some that chemistry? At first I thought it was part of the plant, good camouflage.

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