Gayle and I saw Beryl and two friends inspecting a Desert Cotton plant along the road in Sabino Canyon on Sunday morning - and we sure are glad we stopped. Beryl - a member of the SCVN class of 2011 - was photographing this magnificent creepy crawly. I'd say a good 4 inches long, at least, and thicker than a pencil. Beryl graciously agreed to share these photos (and others she took today. Stay tuned.) Googling 'caterpillar' and 'cotton' brought me to the ever helpful bug guide, specifically: this page. Hope you'll agree that we're looking at a Splendid Royal Moth caterpillar. This was confirmed by Carl Olson, too. Thanks, Beryl.