I've been seeing this on the leaves of the sassafras tree by the driveway but due to a busy weekend (yardsale! rain! husband away for the weekend!) haven't had a moment to really check it out until today.
Something had obviously been nibbling. Excited to find out what, I started looking on the underside of the chewed leaves.
And found this. A dead stick? No, but it mimics one. Best I can tell it's a purplish-brown looper.
Another looper caterpiller, along with this little fuzzy one we haven't been able to identify.
After inspecting them for awhile, we set up a tiny terrarium.
I think this is just a holding pen. I'm thinking of setting up a 5 gallon tank with plantings so we can raise a couple of different varieties of butterflies and moths at once in the house while supplying different food sources for each.
Also today I moved the young birds that were left out of the garden coop and into the main chicken yard, managed to lose a pheasant, moved a hen with chicks back to the main coop and cleaned the garden pen in preparation for installing the 2 remaining ducks out there tomorrow. However, I've also pulled my lower back quite badly so we'll see how I feel in the morning.