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Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar on a small branch - 0092

Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar on a small branch. The Southern Flannel Moth is a small moth that is best-known because of its larva, the puss catepillar, which is one of the most venomous catepillars in the United States. The name "puss caterpillar" is likely in reference to the caterpillar's resemblance to a cat with its soft fur and tail. If stung by one of these you have to get to the hospital quickly. While the normal normal reactions are pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and seizures, in rare cases you can have severe abdominal pain, muscle spasms and convulsions. Never, ever reach out to touch one.

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  • Exposure: 1/30
  • Resolution: 72/1
  • Created: 23rd November 2013
  • Uploaded: 14th September 2018
  • Category: Nature
  • Views: 30
  • Likes: 15

  • vision
    1 day ago
    Thank you for that information Butch. I will be sharing it with my grands. They like to go hiking along the nature trail near them and "collect bugs". I like the isolation and shallow depth of field.
    • ButchReinhart
      • Seller
      20 hours ago
      Thank you. Really glad to hear the information is useful. Hope they find a lot of neat and safe bugs on their adventures.
  • Angie C
    • Seller
    • Pro
    1 day ago
    Fascinating information - my natural reaction would be to touch one of these to see if it was as soft as it looks. Fortunately we don't have them in the UK!
    • ButchReinhart
      • Seller
      1 day ago
      Since this was the first one I had encountered, I was really surprised when I looked up information on it and saw what a danger it can be.
  • MarkChinn
    1 day ago
    WOW! I'm happy to never see one of those. Nice shot Butch and thanks for the info.
    • ButchReinhart
      • Seller
      1 day ago
      This is the only one I have run across and it was by a jogging trail here in Ormond Beach. Thank you very much.
  • socialtruant
    • Seller
    2 days ago
    Proof that nature doesn't like us, building ever more ingenious ways of sucking us in and then, WHAM! I'm never leaving my bed again.
  • Joe Lightheart
    4 days ago
    Nice shot! Never heard of a venomous caterpillar. Sound so vicious!
    • ButchReinhart
      • Seller
      4 days ago
      Thank you very much. They look so soft and fluffy a person just wants to reach over and touch them. It is amazing the effects they can have on a person and until you are stung you never know how bad it will be for you so you have to head to the hospital.
  • Ramonet Photography
    4 days ago
    WOOOAAUU sound dangerous I am glad I have never seen one of them thank you for you valuable advise sir Butch!:-) if I see one at least I would know where to stand jajaja nice one sir!;-