By some miracle, mother nature...our caterpillar is not dead! In fact it made a fantastic change from this morning to this afternoon and is now in a chrysalis!
Before this mornings post I had thought that perhaps the caterpillar was in a prepupa stage, but then it lasted so long that I thought that something had gone wrong. So, the lesson here is...to be patient, nature knows what it's doing!
Now, we just need to find a safe place for it to overwinter and wait until spring!
Here is a time line of our caterpillar so far...