This stinging caterpillar invites petting, but passersby would be advised to keep on walking.
Photographer Andreas Kay identifies this toupee as a stinging flannel moth caterpillar (Megalopygidae), which actually goes by a number of names. But whatever you call it, just do not touch it. That cuddlesome fur harbors small, extremely toxic spines that stick in one's skin, causing a vicious sting that belies the creature's cute appearance!
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