This is a smol floof bean, or a wooly bear caterpillar. This type of floof bean is kind of common, and you can see them crawling around almost everywhere in the USA. They can eat a variety of plants, from grass to nettles, and to dandelions to violets. Their floof is not usually harmful, as it cannot inject venom, but they can cause dermatitis in some people. Be careful!
These caterpillars do not grow up to be butterflies, but they grow up to be Isabella Tiger Moths. I have seen a few of these (and one even landed on my shirt once), but until now I have not been able to identify them, and I never thought that they would be the adult versions of smol floof beans!
Here in the picture you will see I got it to crawl on a stick so that I could move it onto a safe place away from stepping feet and rolling bicycles. While moving it, it became surprised and jumped off, moving into it's defensive position, a curled up cinnamon roll. Haha! I managed to kind of gently roll it away from the path, but it was still spooked, so it stayed as a roll for quite a while.
'Til next post!
(photo of moth taken by Wikipedia)
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