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Imagine my surprise when I found THIS little critter munching away on my Iris today:

 (picture copied from the Wikipedia entry on this insect)

This striking caterpillar is called Saddleback caterpillar and is the larval stage of a rather unstriking moth (whose picture & description can be found
here).

Touching the freaky thing is not advisable: 
it stings and can cause a bad rash (there are several comments about encounters with saddlebacks on Dave's Garden).

ETA: Tuesday morning damage report: about half an Iris leaf has been consumed. I have no idea when the caterpillar will turn into a pupa, but I hope it's soon! :)

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