Sunday, June 21, 2015

Puss Moth Caterpillar

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About This Insect

Scientific Name: Megalopyge opercularis
Food: 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.


    PanamaInsects.org

 

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