Texas Girl, 5, Hospitalized Following Sting From Venomous Caterpillar
Who would have thought that a fuzzy looking caterpillar could strike and sting like a poisonous snake.
Well, now we know that not all caterpillars are friendly but dangerous. How many of us as children would like to pick up caterpillars put them on a wall and study their slinky bodies moseying along minding their own business well not this fuzzy looking insects.
A young Texas girl was reportedly hospitalized after she was stung by what is said to be the most venomous caterpillar in the United States.
While playing outside at day care this week, Lauren Chambers told NBC 5 her 5-year-old daughter, Adrie, was stung by the fuzzy-looking asp caterpillar, also known as the southern flannel moth or puss caterpillar.
The creature likely fell from a tree onto the young girls’ arm, delivering a painful sting which required Adrie to be hospitalized, NBC 5 reported.
Though they may look soft, the asp’s fluffy-looking “hair” actually hides small, sharp spines that “stick in your skin,” National Geographic reported in 2014.