Re: Killer Caterpillars
Posted by superchub on September 20, 1998 at 21:00:56:
In Reply to: Killer Caterpillars posted by A. Sago - NGTO on September 19, 1998 at 21:05:18:
Ah! finally a topic close to my field! for those of y'all who care... the caterpillar was probably a saddleback caterpillar (though there are a couple others that do the same lurking around this tiem of year). The saddleback, so named because of the brown/black "saddle" imprint on their backs, have stinging hairs on their body....take a wasp sting and add to it the impact of a hammer and nail and you have what Mark got zapped with. Alergic reactions all over the scale...I swell when I get popped but nothing more serious...others can have severe reactions! Luckily not many of these rascals around...Mother Natture has a curious way of not allowing some of the nastier beasties to proliferate..but I digress. If any of y'all have been out to the midwest and run into stinging nettle in this area you have experienced similiar agony. A plant in the south called Cnidoscolus stimulosa gives a lesser sting.