While looking for anything…it’s always good to keep your options open…I found a couple of colorful caterpillars over the weekend.
Pearly Wood-nymph- Eudryas unio munching a grape leaf in Brickyard this past Saturday. There is another almost identical species, the Beautiful Wood-nymph-E. grata with all the same spots and colors but a larger hump at the rear.
Smeared Dagger-Acronicta oblinita on a reed leaf. Although not in the bird dropping family, the adults of these also do resemble the stuff. These larvae are variable which can make identifying them a little confusing. There are a couple of other daggers with a similar appearance as well. These feed on a variety of green plants. Looks likely to be a bit scratchy if swallowed. Also, picking one up might be painful as they are known to sting with those sharp setae.
Both shot with the 5D Mark IV, 180 macro and 2.0 teleconverter upon a tripod.