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.
Credit: Nancy Martin
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.