This is a critter I caught a couple of months ago. I feel pretty proud of myself, having raised a caterpillar and it become a moth. I named it Manfred after the mammoth from Ice Age because it reminded me of a mammoth when I saw it as a caterpillar. This type of moth is called a Wooly Bear Moth belonging in the family Noctuidae/Erebidae. This is a kind of tiger moth. Pretty neat.
There is a myth that the brown and black ratio on a caterpillar of this moth which indicates the harshness of a winter. If it is more black, the winter will be harsher. If it is more brown, then the winter will be more mild.