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Re: Re: CULT: caterpillars

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: CULT: caterpillars
  • From: Kenneth Walker <kenww@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 20:24:41 -0700

Only a few caterpillars sting, most are entirely harmless. In her wonderful
book "Moths of the Limberlost", 1912, Gene Stratton-Porter calls the
caterpillar of Hyperchiria Io "her childhood enemy of the corn" because
she would occationally be stung by them while playing in the corn. However,
her photograph of it does not look like yours. I don't recall that she mentions
any other stinging caterpillers.

   Ken Walker

Dennis Kramb wrote:

> Someone else contacted me offlist about having been stung by a
> caterpillar too.  I was surprised but then I read about it on that
> website, so I guess I better be more careful.

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