Mystery caterpillar alert! Suspect is large, alone, and doesn't appear to be eating. It's just loitering, going on two days now, in the Gregg's mistflower plant. That plant is not a known caterpillar food source, although the butterflies feed on flower nectar.
At first glance, suspect is rather nondescript, but on closer observation it has eyespots and a pattern of triangles along its stripes. Looks like a man's necktie.
Do not attempt to take into custody. Go on about your business, folks.
© 2013 Nancy L. Ruder