Tonight’s challenge is a straight-up identification:
This caterpillar hides from predators by pretending to be a dead leaf, except for the bit that’s faking a living leaf. It was photographed last week on an oak tree here in Central Illinois.
Points will be awarded to the first person to guess the:
1. Family (4 pts)
2. Genus (3 pts)
3. Species (3 pts)
Remember that supporting information about identifying characteristics must be provided to get full credit.
As usual, the cumulative points winner for the month of September will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here at Myrmecos on a safe-for-work topic of their choosing.