This moth emerged at around 5PM this evening. It was just unfurling its wings when I came across it. The patterns on the wings look as if they were freshly watercolored.
I've been waiting about a month to see what the mystery caterpillar I had found would turn into.
And here is the caterpillar I discovered feeding on the leaves of Crooked-stem Aster (Aster prenanthoides) on July 14. All I could figure was it was a noctuid of some kind. Notice the raised thorax, which is how it held itself.
Since I couldn't find any photos to tell me what it was, I brought in inside to rear out.
On July 27, it went into pupation. It constructed a loose cocoon of silk partially encased within a leaf of its hostplant.
Unfortunately, it had attached itself directly to the top of the container (which was my favorite one). I carefully detached it and was facinated by its defensive movement. It spun around and around like a top.