Source: Public Health Image Library (PHIL). Richard F. Darsie Jr., PhD. Available online: http://phil.cdc.gov
The puss caterpillar, or woolly slug, is the most poisonous caterpillar in the United States. Its poison is hidden in hollow spines among its hairs. This hairy caterpillar is found in the southern provinces, ranging west through most of Texas and north to Maryland and Missouri. It feeds on shade trees such as elm, oak, and sycamore. Puss caterpillars vary in size from 32 mm (1.2 in.) to 36 mm (1.4 in.).
Current as ofSeptember 23, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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