I spotted this caterpillar on the underside of a leaf in the woods in central Kentucky. It was about three inches long. You can see some stripes under all the “fur” if you look closely. If you can help me identify it, I would really appreciate it. I teach biology at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY. Thanks,
We are suckers when a querent pulls the teacher card on us. Your caterpillar superficially resembles the American Dagger Moth, Acronicta americana, which can be viewed on BugGuide. The true identity of your caterpillar is the larva of the Spotted Apatelodes, Apatelodes torrefacta, which can also be viewed on BugGuide.