Animal in news: Furry Puss Caterpillars

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  • October 12, 2020
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Animal in news: Furry Puss Caterpillars

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In news

  • It is a southern flannel moth in its larva stage.
  • After metamorphosis, the insect does not pose any threat.
  • It closely resembles a wig or toupee. 
  • It is widely regarded as one of the most poisonous of its kind in the USA.
  • The bristly hair that coats it, hides small and toxic spines that can get lodged in a person’s skin and cause immediate and intensely burning pain.
  • The caterpillars, which subsist solely on oak and elm leaves, are commonly found in parks and near structures in southern states like Texas and Missouri.


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