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Old 08-20-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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HAHAHA - dude, relax, it's a caterpiller
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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That's one big-ass caterpillar.

It's a Hickory Horned-devil caterpillar.

"The Hickory horned devil is a caterpillar of the Regal Moth, a North American moth in the saturniidae family. It looks dangerous with its horns and thorns but is harmless like any other caterpillars. The spines, though prickly, do not sting. The huge black-tipped red horns are actually borne during their sixth and final development stage and grow upto 15cm long. Just before pupation it changes its color to turquoise and burrow into the dirt to pupate in a well formed chamber."

http://www.wackyowl.com/top-5-weirdest-devil-animals/

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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It looks dangerous with its horns and thorns but is harmless like any other caterpillars.
Are you quite sure about that? Based on the content below, it would appear that some folks could be at risk...


There are two types of poisonous caterpillars in North Carolina, the saddleback caterpillar and the puss caterpillar.

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saddleback is easily recognizable by it's purple saddle shape on it's green back. The hairs on this caterpillar are poisonous, often producing burning and swelling like that of a bee sting. The pain can last up to two days and is accompanied by nausea in the first few hours following being poisoned. An ice pack can help with the swelling and pain, and those with a sensitivity to insect stings should contact a physician immediately. These caterpillars are most active in August and September, so late summer and early fall gardeners should be aware.


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puss caterpillar is a small wooly looking caterpillar with poisonous spines hidden among their hairs. Most children, and adults alike will see this small creature as an innocuous piece of fluff and therefore are more apt to pick it up and play with it. The stings of a puss caterpillar are among the most severe of caterpillar stings, with severity increasing relative to the size of the caterpillar. What's more - the caterpillar could have been killed hours before handling it and it can still pack a painful sting. The poisonous spines produce an unknown chemical which causes a lesion to form in the sting area. Cysts form followed by many blood filled lesions, a reaction so characteristic that it is possible to make a diagnosis even without seeing the caterpillar. Immediate treatment following a sting includes removing the spines by placing a piece of tape over the area and slowly pulling it off. Medical attention is necessary to treat the onset of respiratory distress and cardiac problems.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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I think it is a type of worm that is brought in with fruit from mexico.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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I'm pretty sure it's a space alien. Try not to anger it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure it's a space alien. Try not to anger it.
It was last seen on a tree in the wooded area of my backyard. Once I found out what it was, and that it posed no threat to me or mine, out went.

I've never seen a caterpillar anywhere close to that big. Freaky.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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Default Another weird critter...

I assume this is some form of cicada..

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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^yep

This is becoming a "name that bug" thread.

Ill add to it. What are those little brown lady bug like things that were everywhere this past spring?

I would come in from the city and pull like ten of them off of my shirt.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Cicadas should really be renamed Kamikaze Bugs. I see them fly into walls, gutters, trees, windows, and even me once. They just bounce right off and keep running into stuff. Its actually kind of funny (to me) to watch.
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