Some  Luna caterpillars will use a leaf wrap while others descend to spin up among whatever ground protection they can find. Mature larvae "clear their guts" with a loose, runny stool just prior to cocooning.
EDnote:  leaf wrap = sarcophagus?
Like the adult moth the  larva instars are pale green--of possible significance given the  novel's association of green with death. Cf Hazel

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