Monday, September 05, 2011
Looks can be deceiving
Swayze is a puss caterpillar, we now know, and the most poisonous caterpillar on the continent. His soft exterior hides poisonous spindles underneath which can cause pain ranging from a bee-like sting or, commonly, pain so terrible you think you are having a heart attack or dying. Ryan's pain was somewhere in-between, starting with stinging pain at the site and intense pain radiating up his arm and concentrating in the lymph nodes in his armpit.
So today when we saw one of these guys in our yard we did not go near it. Turns out he's harmless, of course. But ew!
Then I found a partially devoured grub, still alive and wiggling while ants were eating it. I'll spare you the picture of that one.
In all my years of NC living I have never seen anything like either of these until this week!!
Posted by Holly Dart at 9/05/2011