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pH
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So keep an eye out when you're walking under trees, and don't go outside barefoot or in flip flops. And make sure they can't come get you at night while you're asleep.

In fact, let's all wear big heavy shoes and stomp as many as we possibly can in order to reduce the population of nature's most evil crawly thing.

-pH

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But they're so cute!
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aspectre
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeNggIGSKH8 . Envenomations from stinging caterpillars
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quote:
Originally posted by aspectre:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeNggIGSKH8 . Envenomations from stinging caterpillars

That one caterpiller looked like a scruffy dog.
So cute.
Don't smash them! They turn into beautiful moths and I love moths.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE_wVdnTIpQ
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That just looks like someone's toupe that jumped off their head and ran away.
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As long as they continue to fall out of trees and sting people, I will continue to smash them. I am bigger than they are, and they have no interest in peace talks.

-pH

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I have no idea what caterpillars you are talking about. I'm too busy running from spiders as big as my palm and skeeter-eaters that are starting to border on dinner plate size.
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I love how on the actual bolivia bug video, the last words are, "DON'T touch it!"
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I've never seen or heard of this stinging caterpillars. Are they common in all parts of the US or only some regions?
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quote:
Originally posted by The Rabbit:
I've never seen or heard of this stinging caterpillars. Are they common in all parts of the US or only some regions?

I never saw them when I lived in Florida, and apparently they're not as common in other parts of Louisiana as they are in New Orleans. They are vile little things, and when they sting you, they leave behind marks that sort of look like stitches.

They look kind of like this around here.

-pH

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We've got lots of black, hairy caterpillars around here in Ohio, but I forget what my husband calls them. The chickens don't even seem to like to eat them. Maybe the ducks will have better luck. They don't sting, though.

--Mel

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It's stories like these that remind me why I love living in Michigan. Nice long cold winter that kills off all the bad bugs. [Smile]
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"We've got lots of black, hairy caterpillars around here in Ohio, but I forget what my husband calls them...They don't sting, though."

Maybe fuzzy wuzzys, which are harmless to hold except to those who are allergic, and preferentially feed on weeds mostly. The GiantLeopardMoth caterpillar also looks suspiciously like the picture pH posted. Another picture at an earlier stage of maturation.

Then again, "...fall out of trees and sting people..." might indicate that pH is looking at an intermediate between the early stage and the full-grown BuckMoth caterpillar, which are definitely poisonous.....though not one of the puss caterpillars.

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quote:
Originally posted by Telperion the Silver:
It's stories like these that remind me why I love living in Michigan. Nice long cold winter that kills off all the bad bugs. [Smile]

Meh. California has nice weather and very few nasty insects.
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(Except for the Californians.)
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[Razz]
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quote:
Originally posted by Telperion the Silver:
It's stories like these that remind me why I love living in Michigan. Nice long cold winter that kills off all the bad bugs. [Smile]

Unless you consider mosquitos, chiggers and ticks "bad bugs".
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quote:
Originally posted by aspectre:
"We've got lots of black, hairy caterpillars around here in Ohio, but I forget what my husband calls them...They don't sting, though."

Maybe fuzzy wuzzys, which are harmless to hold except to those who are allergic, and preferentially feed on weeds mostly. The GiantLeopardMoth caterpillar also looks suspiciously like the picture pH posted. Another picture at an earlier stage of maturation.

Then again, "...fall out of trees and sting people..." might indicate that pH is looking at an intermediate between the early stage and the full-grown BuckMoth caterpillar, which are definitely poisonous.....though not one of the puss caterpillars.

Some of them look like the Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar, but I think some of them have yellow stripes instead of red. It will be a few months before they're around, but I'll see if I can get some pictures.

--Mel

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quote:
Originally posted by Shanna:
I have no idea what caterpillars you are talking about. I'm too busy running from spiders as big as my palm and skeeter-eaters that are starting to border on dinner plate size.

[Angst]

That's what my nightmares are made of. Caterpillars aren't so bad. I would still squish them if they tried to sting me.

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The ones to which pH refers are the buck moth caterpillars. They are vile creatures that infest this state (Louisiana) that already has too many unpleasant infestations (mosquitoes, giant flying roaches, aggressive wolf spiders, etc) and I do my part to annihilate them every chance I get. I just make sure to do so wearing heavy shoes. I HATE these things.
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