Saved under Insects A huge nest of caterpillars in Montezuma. These were up to six inches long! Many caterpillars can sting you. Some are like jellyfish in that the slightest touch on the fuzzy hairs causes a sting. My ex-wife Karen touched a small fuzzy one with her foot by accident and said it felt like an ant or bee sting. Other types have a barbed stinger that will harpoon your tender flesh if you bother it.
17 Furry Caterpillar Types: An Identification Guide
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Storkk Costa Rican Hairy We all love to gaze in wonder at the fragile beauty of the colorful butterfly or moth as it flutters gracefully through the air, but we should not forget that the young of these lovely creatures can be just as as glorious to behold, even if they do take the forms of rather creepy caterpillars. One should, however, be careful about touching these beasties, because some of them protect themselves with substances that are really bad for you. The larvae live inside a brown bag, made of silk, after which they are named, coming out in nighttime hours to feed on host plants such as beefwood. When moving between plants and trees, bag shelter caterpillars go head to tail, forming the typical procession that gives rise to the naming of the family. The poison these creatures employ is nasty, and in Southern Brazil and Venezuela is considered a public health problem. Quarti People who are unfortunate enough to touch one of these bag shelter caterpillars can suffer bleeding both external and internal because the venom is highly anti-coagulant.
Description[ edit ] The adult moth is brown with gray and white markings, and the hindwing is a darker brown. The female may be lighter in tone. The body has gray, white, and black bands. The wingspan is
The most of caterpillars are herbivores, and eat usually leaves, though some species eat plant parts, fungi and dead animal material, including other caterpillars. Caterpillars are available almost everywhere from sandy beaches to meadows to mountain forests throughout the world. There are even caterpillars in some Arctic areas also. Long body shape and fleshy horns Number of species: Around 21, Related Animals: