Its been a while since I've been able to work with my camera. In the meantime I have been doing a lot of reading on how to take better pictures. My first accomplishment, moving out of the center of the frame. While it is necessary for some shots, so much potential is lost if the subject is always smack dab in the center.(thanks plittle).
This colorful, furry little creature is the larvae of the 'milkweed tussock' moth. I have seen hundreds of its younger, smaller and less hairy siblings during my visits to the milkweed field but this was the first time I'd ever seen the larvae in this stage. Ironically it will morph into a rather dull, mono-color brown moth.