Anna found this little furry beastie crawling up a single lane road on our walk around the marshes in Hampshire on Sunday gone.
I thought it might be an Ermine moth caterpillar of some sort, but the people on the excellent WAB site have identified it as a Ruby Tiger Moth Caterpillar!
The Ruby Tiger Moth adult is a fantastic looking moth - very conspicuous indeed - click HERE to follow my WAB link and observe another member's photo of the adult.
I hear that the caterpillar can exist from July to the following April, and does indeed overwinter as a larva - so no problems with finding it on a very warm, sunny day in October then!
It prefers coastal habitats and inland heaths - again, that tallies up nicely with where we found it!
Good stuff! I'd love to see the adult now!