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Latest 2020 Threat – Poison Caterpillars

Just when you thought we’d seen everything 2020 can throw our way – here come the poison caterpillars. The Virginia Department of Forestry has received multiple reports of the Puss Caterpillar, one of the most venomous caterpillars in the U.S. Puss Caterpillars have a thick, furry coat that conceals venomous spines.  Their sting is extremely painful and can cause rash, vomiting, swollen glands, and fever. Puss Caterpillars aren’t typically seen this far north – which researchers say could be due to climate change.

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