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Parental Advisory: If You See One of These Cute and Furry Creatures, Keep Your Child Away

Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” this is not.
Now, to its credit, the puss caterpillar, the larval stage of the flannel moth, is actually much cuter than Carle’s caterpillar, with its fuzzy and soft-looking exterior making it seem more like a stuffed animal than a real one.
But don’t let that cuddly look fool you. Despite its appearance, you should do anything but cuddle a puss caterpillar if you spot one.

That’s because they are one of the most venomous caterpillars in the country, as NPR reported in September.
Indeed, underneath that fuzz, which is typically gray or orange, lie poisonous barbs that can produce quite the nasty sting.

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