Florida's Stinging Puss Caterpillar
These guys look really cute... and sting like heck:
This fellow was wandering about in my front yard so I carefully caught him on a leaf so Rachel could take some photos.
Don't touch them. The burning pain is incredible. They can seriously mess you up... we're talking spider bite, pain-up-your-arm, shakiness, hornets, fire, etc. etc. etc.
Just watch out. They're easy to miss and they're hanging out in the woods this time of year.
This caterpillar will eventually pupate and become a Southern Flannel Moth. For more on the stinging puss caterpillar, check this page out.
Florida has a few stinging caterpillars but none of them measure up to the puss caterpillar. They take the pain cake.