Monday, October 12, 2020

"Officials issue warning after venomous hairy caterpillars spotted in Virginia"

 And in other 2020 news...

From the New York Post:

It’s a hair-raising situation.

A breed of hairy caterpillars — considered the most poisonous in the US — have recently been spotted in Virginia.

The state Department of Forestry is warning residents to be on the lookout for puss caterpillars, which look soft and furry — but have hidden sharp spines that can stick to human skin.

“The ‘hairs’ of this caterpillar are actually venomous spines that cause a painful reaction if touched,” the agency wrote on Facebook.

The Cousin Itt-like critters’ venomous spines can cause symptoms including intense pain, itchy rashes, nausea and vomiting when touched or brushed up against, according to the University of Michigan....