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    So, my husband and I just saw one of the most venomous animals in the US tonight. We were outside and there was this sort of wooly brown lump wandering about on the fence. We looked closer and it was such a bizarre appearance that we went inside and looked it up online. Turns out that it was VERY good we didn't touch it, because it is a puss caterpiller, the Most Venomous Caterpillar In The United States (Cue ominous theme music here :wink: ). They're not very common, but the accounts we read all said that the sting feels much worse than bee stings do.

    Oh-- the cure is to use scotch tape to pull the stinging hairs out of the affected area. And it is venomous because it injects from poison sacs in the skin through hollow spines hidden in all the wooly hairs.

    http://www.bugsinthenews.com/puss_ca...lar_092602.htm

    I know it is random but we had never heard of it, and it was so bizarre that I just had to share.
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    Awww... I think it's kind of cute. Good thing I wasn't there. I'd have picked it up and started playing with it. "Look at this cute little... Uh-oh." :P
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    Oh my. Venomous catapillars? Wow
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    thats one badass caterpillar

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    yeaa geeez i didnt even kno that venomous caterpillars existed!
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    That boy needs a trim. I do believe that is the hairiest caterpillar I've ever viewed.

    It's amazing the defenses that have evolved in them.
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    That thing is furry I would of started playing with it and probably kept it to see what it looks like nas butterfly or moth cool find :P
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    A "puss"? thats a bit wierd? Luckily this is the off topic forum :wink:

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    Yeah, it's a totally wierd caterpillar. The site I went to says most people get stung either because it looks like a piece of leaf or bark (when not crawling) and they accidentally touch it, or because it looks totally cute and harmless and they pick it up for a closer look. The sting is supposed to bring an adult to tears-- more like a jellyfish sting than a bee sting. The professor that researches them has to treat them a lot like a highly volatile hazardous chemical in his lab--he built special containment units to put the cages in so no stray hairs would escape! That's one cool bug. :

    When I think of all the wooly bear caterpillars I played with in my life, I glad I left this one alone! Of course, since moving to the South, I have learned that many animals can look harmless and still SUCK! (I hate fire ants.)
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    thats one mean puss,
    caterpillar I mean :wink:

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