That Caterpillar Looks Interesting. But If You Touch It, THIS Is What Happens To You! SCARY!

Leslie Howe was enjoying a peaceful day at Gwinnett County Park when she came across a very strange-looking creature. This furry being was slowly inching towards her and her children. The little thing looked harmless, but Leslie didn’t want to take any risks. Luckily, she decided not to have any contact with the creature, because this unusual ball of fur is actually pretty dangerous.

What Leslie avoided is the Southern flannel moth or tree asp. Also known as the Puss Caterpillar, this tiny insect is full of venom and its sting is as painful as a wasp’s or a jellyfish’s. The venom always gives a throbbing sensation but it can also cause irritation, sweating, nausea, and doctor visits.

The caterpillar is actually covered in what looks like cat fur, which is how it got its name of Puss Caterpillar. But under this innocent looking fur are thousands of tiny spines, ready to sting and inject venom into whatever or whoever touches it. It’s possible this strange appearance and tiny spines are meant to protect the caterpillar, especially from being eaten by birds.

Puss caterpillars are usually found up in treetops, but sometimes they can venture too close to us as well. So, we need to be very careful. Cases of people being stung have been reported recently in Texas and Florida, so it’s possible something is making these creatures move to lower ground.

Watch the video below. Did you know about this insect before? Be sure to share what you think in the comments!

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