04647 Megalopyge opercularis - Southern Flannel Moth 1a (cat AL)
Believe It Or Not !!! This thing is a stinging slug caterpillar. Someone at The BugSwarm 2012 beat this thing outta the bushes/trees, and it's a good thing they knew what it was, and NOT to handle it. But quite the "Do", no?
also posted on BugGuide: bugguide.net/node/view/684515
More info from Wikipedia: "The 'fur' of the larva contains venomous spines that cause extremely painful reactions in human skin upon contact. 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 (Eagleman 2008). Additionally, it is not unusual to find sweating from the welts or hives at the site of the sting. Ironically, the resemblance of the larvae to soft, colorful cotton balls encourages people to pick them up and pet them."
We've got pix of the adult (Southern Flannel Moth) once we gettum edited.
July 27, 2012
2012 Bug Swarm