Venomous Caterpillar Found Around Tampa Bay Area

Florida can be a very scary place... home to alligators, sharks, snakes, crazy drivers, and.... caterpillars! 

Right here in Tampa Bay, we have a variety of caterpillars, most just cute and furry-like. There is one that was recently spotted that needs to be known by everyone... because it can pack a very harmful bite.

The Pus Caterpillar. (Information Below)

 

According to Wikipedia:

The caterpillar is regarded as a dangerous insect because of its venomous spines. Exposure to the caterpillar's fur-like spines will lead to an immediate skin irritation characterised by a, "grid-like hemorrhagic papular eruption with severe radiating pain". The pain has been described by patients as similar to a broken bone or blunt force trauma. The reactions are sometimes localized to the affected area but are often very severe, radiating up a limb and causing burning, swelling, nausea, headache, abdominal distress, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, numbness, or difficulty breathing. Additionally, it is not unusual to find sweating from the welts or hives at the site of the sting.

 
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