Caterpillar of the southern flannel moth on oak leaf.
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Latest 2020 Threat – Poison Caterpillars

Could they be on their way to Mid-Mo? Just when you thought we’d seen everything 2020 can throw our way…

Here come the poison caterpillars.

The Virginia Department of Forestry has received multiple reports of the Puss Caterpillar, one of the most venomous caterpillars in the U.S.

Puss Caterpillars have a thick, furry coat that conceals venomous spines.  Their sting is extremely painful and can cause rash, vomiting, swollen glands, and fever.

Puss Caterpillars aren’t typically seen this far north – which researchers say could be due to climate change.

What other threats can 2020 throw our way?  Do you have a fear of bugs?


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