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After comparing a few similar caterpillars I'm pretty sure your suggestion is correct. I have to say this is probably the biggest caterpillar I've ever seen. It's approximately 3.5 inches long and almost 1 inch wide. It was crawling along the wall next where my daughter was sitting on our patio. Needless to say people probably heard her scream from a mile away. Haha!
White coats happen naturally in approximately 1 out of every 10,000 Bengal Tigers. Siberian Tigers on the other hand do not carry the white color gene. Any white Siberian Tigers we see in zoos are actually a cross between a regular Siberian and a Bengal with the white gene.
the "pod" was approximately 2 inches long. the insect never crawled completely out of it. what you see in the picture is about as much of it as I saw. This was actually in my garden and I wasn't sure if it would do harm to my plants so I carefully removed it so I could relocate it. The insect hid completely inside the casing which is shown in the 2nd photo.