Why You Should Avoid the Puss Moth Caterpillar
Sometimes animals that can look tiny and harmless can also be dangerous and even deadly. If you see this tiny caterpillar, give it a very wide berth because it can actually pack a serious punch.
The puss moth caterpillar is found between North Carolina and Florida and it lives in trees and garden plants.
it is also found in parts of Central America and Mexico.
Scientifically known as Megalopyge opercularis, this caterpillar is also called a tree asp or asp caterpillar.
It may look like a fuzzy moving toupee, but those hairs are poisonous bards that will sting your skin.
It is also known as the Trump caterpillar, you can probably see why.
You can use tape to remove the poisonous spores, but the poison will spread to other areas of the body.
If you get stung, wash the affected area with water and soap and apply an ice pack.
If the pain doesn't go away, you should get to the hospital as soon as possible.