Be careful before petting that caterpillar!

Saddleback Caterpillar. Image courtesy of Keegan Morrison, wikipedia user.

Continuing the theme of insects, here’s a post on… caterpillars! Caterpillars might be colorful and cute, but some of them can cause you pain if you touch them!

Some caterpillars like the puss caterpillar (looks like a pussywillow), saddleback caterpillar (it’s back does look like a saddle!), brown-tail moth caterpillar, io moth caterpillar, crinkled flannel moth caterpillar, Douglas fir tussock moth caterpillar, and flannel moth caterpillar can cause a rash with their hairs. The cocoons can also have these toxins.

Puss Caterpillar.

So in short, just because a caterpillar looks cute or has a cute-sounding name, it doesn’t mean that you should pet it!