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About This Insect
Scientific Name: Megalopyge opercularisFood: oaks, elms, citrus, rose and other plants
What does it turn into? See it here
Does it sting? Yes! This species has one of the most painful stings of any caterpillar. There are venomous spines hidden among the soft "Elvis" fur. A sting causes intense radiating pain and sometimes nausea, swelling, and even difficulty breathing. While not fatal, a sting from the Puss Caterpillar is no joke and can hurt for days.
Will it destroy my garden? No.