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Can anyone ID this? We’re in the Rocky Mountains, Western US. We found it stuck to the wall of our garage, a few feet up, hidden behind a snow sled. It seems to be covered, or surrounded, in what looks like mouse hair. Is it a moth? It’s hard to see scale, but altogether about the size of a thumb.

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I would guess this is the cocoon of a moth in the subfamily Arctiina in the Erebidae family.

For example, see this example of an Isabella Tiger Moth cocoon in Kent Co., Maryland from The Maryland Biodiversity Project:

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Credit: Nancy Martin

You can find additional images of various species here, here, here, and here (seen without the cocoon).

According to here, Pyrrharctia isabella (or the Isabella Tiger Moth shown above) is sometimes found in the Rocky Mountain region of the US, but I am not knowledgeable enough about these pupae to definitively point toward a species.

Based on the experiences of many others, I would advise not touching this with bare hands or clothing.

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