The inquisitiveness in humans has led us to learn new things and explore new ventures. The urge to learn new things and explore the unknown is more in children than in elders, but sometimes their curiosity makes them learn things the hard way. Same was the case when this kid saw a White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar, and the news was covered by the WJAC News. This creature is found in Canada but in recent times, it has entered the territories of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The furry creature with its contrasting black and white stripes looks like a kin of zebra. The cuteness of the tiny being made the boy pick it up and play with it; unaware of the consequences of dealing with it, the boy let it climb on his body, but what followed gave me goosebumps. Studies conducted on the caterpillar reveals that their fur is a kind of defense mechanism and are connected to glands which secrete poison. As a result, when these furs come in contact with our skin we get rashes and in some cases it might turn allergic. If you encounter such cute looking caterpillar which makes you want to touch it, be prepared as you might end up getting rashes and swelling all over your body. However, applying ice and lotion will lessen the allergy and relieve you of the irritation to some extent. There are other caterpillars which can harm us in worse ways than the White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Following are a few images which will let you know how dangerous the tiny little caterpillars can be.
A new inhabitant in the lands of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar looks very adorable; but as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. So, do not touch it if you do not want to repent.
This is what happened to a 5-year-old child from State College, Pennsylvania, when he thought of the caterpillar as a play thing.
The hair of this creature is connected to glands that release poison and when it touches our body, we experience itchiness and rashes.
The puss caterpillar inhabiting parts of the East Coast is considered as the most harmful stingers in North America.
In Portsmouth, VA, a 2-year-old girl suffered a great deal after she touched this insect. The sting of this venomous worm left marks on her tender hands, which were visible even the next day.
Images of the puss caterpillar were published on the net, warning people against its poisonous sting, in 2014. The hair of the maggot bears venom and when it pierces into the skin, it is indeed painful.