When I was a kid, I found a green caterpillar with short stalks in rows
running up its back. The top of each stalk had short black hairs around
it and a beautiful colored dot in the center. I named it Colorful and
promptly lost it in the house. I was sad for a few days until we found
a large cocoon on the underside of one of our kitchen chairs. I kept
it in a jar until a large butterfly emerged and I let it go.
As a grown-up, I began to doubt my memory of how incredibly cool and
colorful the caterpillar was. But today, in the Austin American
Statesman, there was a picture of the same type of caterpillar Colorful
was. It's the vertical caterpillar. It is sooo cool looking! According to the paper, it's
a cecropia caterpillar.
The Statesman has more cool caterpillar pictures here.