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This stunning caterpillar was spotted first on a lawnmower tire, but when I carefully relocated it to an oak branch it began imitating the lichen on the branch. It doesn’t move much unless disturbed, when quickly flips its head back to expose a beautiful lavender and pink underside as a warning. From what I have been able to find online, I believe this is Catocala Ilia, the caterpillar of Ilia underwing.
Found in South Carolina, Oak and Pine forest