Stuff outside the house - next chapter.
On July 22, I spotted this creature in my elderberry (Sambucus - Black Lace). I had to do some research before I was able to determine what I was seeing.
This is the caterpillar for the Cecropia moth. It seems that they feed on maple and apple and pear trees. I have all of those, but this one was on my Black Lace. Dark foliage makes it stand out, which might lead to its early demise. It would be more natural to exist on the green-leaf trees.