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Can anyone help identify this little creature? It was found in Gulf Shores, Al., USA. Approx. size 2-3 inches (5-7,5 cm)

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  • $\begingroup$ What is its size? $\endgroup$ – mgkrebbs Sep 2 '17 at 1:02
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe 2-3 inches long, looked like it had guinea pig fur $\endgroup$ – Lyn Sep 2 '17 at 13:41
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This is a caterpillar of a moth from the Genus Megalopyge.

Here is another picture for comparison (the species here is M. opercularis, also known as "puss caterpillar"):

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Another one:

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And here is an imago (adult), also M. opercularis:

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    $\begingroup$ Good god, that is a very fluffy moth. $\endgroup$ – arboviral Sep 4 '17 at 7:22
  • $\begingroup$ The moths are called "Flannel Moths" for a very good reason ... $\endgroup$ – Arthur J Frost Sep 4 '17 at 18:32

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