Beware of Certain Fall
Timothy J. Gibb, Extension Entomologist
wasps, and hornets have a well-deserved reputation of being able
to inflict a very painful sting. Caterpillars, on the other hand,
are thought to be fuzzy, cuddly creatures that could hardly harm
a leaf. Each year a few people, including the person who submitted
the accompanying photo, come to find out that this general categorization
is not always true. They learn the ‘hard way’ that
handling some caterpillars can produce painful results.
have, what appear to be, spines or barbed hook-like growths covering
their body. These are sometimes remarkable, but other than scaring
away kindergarten children, they are not very useful for defense.
For more information on the hag moth caterpillar
see the following Extension publication, HN-56 (pdf