MelissaS77 at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 14 20:01:57 EDT 1999
I live in a slightly wooded suburban area outside of St. Louis,
Missouri, and today my brother and his friend found a caterpillar that
I have never seen before. The friend accidentally brushed up against
the caterpillar and immediately experienced a painful tingling in his
arm and got a red rash with several large, raised bumps that subsided
after about 15 minutes. The caterpillar is approximately one inch long
with no obvious segmentation. The body is new-leaf green with an oval
shape on its back ringed with white and grey-brown in the middle. The
abdomen and tail are the same grey-brown color. On each side are six
tufts of hair. The head has tufted antennae, and various tufts around
the face. The tail is a mimic of the head with two bright yellow spots
that resemble eyes. It was consuming a leaf when the boy brushed up
Can anyone tell me what kind of caterpillar it might be?
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am very curious.
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