stinging caterpillars

Richard L. Molay rlmolay at
Sun Sep 14 09:31:46 EDT 1997

Io Moth.  Automeris io.  My book says "The caterpillar's spines cause a
painful stinging if they penetrate human skin."   They grow to three
inches, so the sucker that got you should have been a pretty good-size

What do you think?  Every bug book has a picture of an Io Moth
caterpillar, so look it up and see if that's your assailant.

- rlm

Friendly, Dependable Richard Molay
Free Lance Writer and Giver of Good Advice

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