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Well I think its a Gipsy moth but I am not 100% sure. Gipsy moth caterpillar5This one was crawling across our patio table, so no clues as to what food plant I found it on, unless it likes tomato and endive salad, mixed charcuterie, fresh bread and a glass of 1664.  Probably not.

I put him on a nearby Hazel bush and took his photo.

A word of warning the hairs of some caterpillars can cause skin irritations so best not to play with them, but I am fairly thick skinned so just moving it from table to hazel bush was fairly risk free.

There is a web site which might help you identify caterpillars and it is http://www.mothscount.org/uploads/caterpillar%20lft.pdf

To see other photos I have taken click Alamy Photos