During my wander around Bookham Common last Friday I came across this colourful but hairy caterpillar resting on a fern.
A bit of research revealed that it is the caterpillar of a Yellow-Tailed [Tussock] Moth (Euproctis similis).
In common with many of the Lymantriidae, it is covered with irritating hairs and should only be handled with extreme care .. or preferably, not at all. It will eventually turn into a white moth that usually flies during July and August.
(Image courtesy of ukmoths.org.uk and photographed by Mike V. Pike).
For another interesting creature, a Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle, please click the link to my photo blog. FAB.