I've been seeing a lot of spiny caterpillars this spring.
It seems simplistic, but googling what something looks like, in very basic terms -- in this case, "black spiny caterpillar" -- works amazingly well, most of the time.
It brings up the site What's this North American Caterpillar, which spiffily shows my caterpillar on the front page.
And how exciting that this scary goth individual will turn into a Mourning Cloak butterfly!
This bristly guy below was a little more difficult.
But I think he becomes one of my favorites, a Question Mark butterfly.
I wasn't tempted in the least to touch either one of them!
Visit Wayne to see his spiny caterpillar siting too.