Scientists this week found traces of a poisonous cat caterpillar in eastern Virginia,media CNET reported. This is unusual because the caterpillar usually appears in some southern U.S. states, such as Texas and Missouri. Cat caterpillars are known for their larvae form and are considered one of the most poisonous caterpillars in the United States.
The furry creature, which looks a bit like a human hair wig, may initially look harmless. “There’s a little hollow hair in that fluffy furry material,” Theresa DEL Linger, a diagnostician at Virginia Tech’s Insect Identification Laboratory, told CNN. “It doesn’t reach out and bite you, but if someone gets that hair, it releases toxins and you react.”
The cat caterpillar’s hollow hedgehog has a poison gland at the bottom. All larvae, as well as their outer skin (the peeling skin), can stab people. The toxicity of stings increases depending on the size of the larvae. The tingling immediately produces intense burning, followed by a red mesh pattern on the skin. Sometimes there is swelling or swelling of the lymph nodes that follow.
Crystal Spindel Gaston, of Richmond, Virginia, told The Daily Progress after being stabbed by a cat caterpillar: “It felt like a hot knife passing through the outside of my calf. “It took her three days to recover.
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If people want to know how to avoid these painful cat caterpillars, the Virginia Department of Forestry has some advice.
“The caterpillars eat oaks and eucalyptus leaves, but they can be found near parks or structures,” the Virginia Department of Forestry said. “If you find a cat caterpillar, leave it out and let its natural enemies control their numbers. Other insects prey on them at different stages of their life cycle. “