Albino Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar
You may remember my previous thread about the albino gulf frit caterpillar that I found - it's growing and looks very healthy. I got a picture of it earlier this afternoon, but I was somewhat disappointed, because the cat never would hold it's head up - I wanted to get a good picture of its "face." Well, about an hour or so later, I noticed that it had molted, so I guess that's why it was so still - duh! :) I got another picture after the molt, and the cat looked different than it had just an hour earlier! I also made a picture of a normal gulf frit cat for comparison -
Here's the first picture I took when I first found the cat -
it was tiny at this point -
Here's the first picture I took of the cat today, before the molt - its head looked to be entirely black at this point -
And here's the picture taken shortly after the cat had molted - notice that it's feet have gone from black to blue and it's head is orange with the black markings typical of a normal gulf frit -
The cat is about ?3rd maybe 4th instar, still has some growing to do. This has been really interesting!