Tale of the caterpillar

 Sitting under an oak in Conejo Community Park, I felt something plummet into my lap. I was wearing shorts, and the unidentified plummeting object began to inch across my thigh.
Curious naturalist or not, I thought “Hold it right there!” and went to swat the creature off my leg.
In mid-swat I stalled, for the creature was a half-inch-long caterpillar, dark chocolate brown with a cream-colored ridge of soft but spiky-looking hairs snaking across its back.
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