The Grandsons found this creature attempting to walk across the road
in front of the house. My daughter Jennie, called immediately to have
me come down and see it. Fully four inches long (10 cm), and over an
inch thick, this caterpillar was an awesome sight.
Jennie found a description for a Cecropia moth caterpillar, and that is what this is. Here is the site she referenced:
The caterpillar has been released into the woodland.
I thought he looked like he was all decorated for Christmas.
Maybe this was his parent!: