Re: Puss Moth Caterpillar
- Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Puss Moth Caterpillar
- From: Cathy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 09:10:20 -0700
Got quite the surprise when I was digging up Siberian iris today. I
pretty little thing, almost wants to make you pet it.
was digging up clumps from some seedlings that needed moved,
reached down to pick up the clump after digging and my arm lit up with
this intense pain. I thought at first that maybe there was stinging
or a wasp nest down in the foliage. All I could find was this small
caterpillar. Well, after a few searches for "stinging caterpillar." I
out that's what had got me. It's called a Puss Moth Caterpillar. They
about 3/4-1" long and about 1/2" wide. They are really fuzzy and
resemble a pussy willow, or a spider nest.
The pain was intense, as bad
a paste of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer works quick miracles on wasp
stings. The enzymes used to break down the meat are very effective in
breaking down the poisons. We never leave home without it around here.
as a red wasp or yellow jacket, the pain went up my arm and into my
chest. I immediately look some benedryl, as I have fairly bad allergic
I never knew caterpillars could sting like that
until now. I
read up on treatment, and it recommended using tape on the area the
caterpillar came in contact with, the tape pulls out the tiny spines.
use toothpaste on the area, it breaks down the amino acids in the
venom. Here's a link with more info.
You might have to copy/paste that link, since it's so long.
Thought I'd warn those who are unaware of these nasty little things,
especially since I found a couple in my siberians and glads.
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