…a public service announcement…
Venomous caterpillars? Yes. If you see one of these things, don’t touch it. Even if it’s dead. If you want the graphic version of the warning, click here.
I suspected this might be one of the several types of venomous caterpillars, even though I didn’t know what it was when I took these photos. Those spines just look ominous.
Click the photo above to enlarge it. You’ll see that each spine looks like a micro hypodermic needle and that is essentially what it is.
These critters were crawling all over the outside of the house yesterday afternoon. The experts say they’ll be around for a few weeks and then will burrow and pupate to turn into spectacular moths.