Mar 22, 2022 - News
The annual stinging tussock moth caterpillar invasion is under way
If you've stepped outside lately, you've probably noticed a smattering of curious caterpillars inching all over the place.
- Say hello to the stinging tussock moth caterpillar, which could be dark-bodied or light-bodied but is identified by tufts of hair-pencils — like little marshmallows — on its back.
What's happening: They hatched here aplenty in late February and are actively searching for crevices in which to pupate (eww).
- Be smart: This happens every year.
Why it matters: Those beautiful tufts of fuzz are barbed and the caterpillar has a venom gland, so petting these things, while appealing, can sting and leave a welt on your skin.
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