Location: Granada hills
March 28, 2015 10:36 pm
Very fluffy, and about the length of my thumb ( 2 inches)
These are Woolly Bears, the caterpillars of Tiger Moths in the subfamily Arctiinae. If Granada Hills is in California, the most likely candidates are Painted Tiger Moth Caterpillars, Arachnis picta, which are pictured on the Victorian on the Move blog, but interestingly, not on BugGuide, except for newly hatched individuals. Your individuals are getting ready to pupate based on the size you indicated. We just encountered two in our own garden yesterday, and had we realized the dearth of images on the web, we would have pulled out the camera.