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[–]RamBone22 633 points634 points  (59 children)

Puss Caterpillar....

[–]Mudsnail 665 points666 points  (51 children)

This guy isn't trying to make a joke.

This caterpillar is a Puss Caterpillar which turns into a southern flannel moth.

Its the most venomous caterpillar in the US.


[–]amayernican 94 points95 points  (1 child)

I can't believe I read that whole thing on a Saturday afternoon. Thanks for that interesting read.

[–]morinokikori 36 points37 points  (41 children)

Does the poison kill humans? How would u get poisoned?

[–]open_door_policy 245 points246 points  (18 children)

Venomous, not poisonous.

If it touches you, you'll be stung by the spines in the fur.

And while not lethal in normal dosages, it hurts like a motherfucker. Reports are that the sting is about as bad as a bee sting. While that may be true on a sting per sting basis, you'll be stung dozens if not hundreds of times by the little fuckers.

I had one fall off of an oak tree and crawl around on me for a few seconds. The stings were bad enough that they left a scar that was visible for a few years.

[–]mungalo9 68 points69 points  (9 children)

I had one land on my backpack last fall. Felt so lucky when I found it before it got to my skin

[–]OneCoolStory 68 points69 points  (7 children)

Why do these things seem to like to fall off of trees onto people? They seem like real A-holes lol

[–]Climbtrees47 33 points34 points  (4 children)

They would normally drop onto other mammals, for transportation.

[–]Djugdish 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Surely they don't travel far if they're immediately stinging the animals they land on.

[–]BigBizzle151 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Most animals have a layer of fur that protects their bare skin.

[–]Climbtrees47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The stingers aren't like that of a bee or wasp. They're very hair like so it would take a while for a furry mammal to notice it.

[–]nuttyhardshite 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Like an Australian drop bear.

[–]KeeperofAmmut7 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Drop pillars...

[–]Wizecracker117 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I was suddenly reminded of this https://youtu.be/of0H5tX-gHw

[–]cinder88 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]DarthReeder 32 points33 points  (0 children)

There is a similarly venomous species in florida that likes to hide underneath the leaves of certain bushes.

I once had the unfortunate experience of reaching into one of said bushes to turn on a hose and ended up brushing against several dozen all the way from my fingers to my elbow.

Needless to say I thiught my arm was going to catch fire and explode for several hours.

[–]BuildBreakFixRepeat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Great to know they are as fucking terrifying as they look. Thanks for the new phobia.

[–]kuhnto 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I had a very painful encounter with the puss caterpillar in Florida a few years ago. I was clearing out some brush and trimming some trees for my mom, and the next thing I know, my knee is is pain. Like a LOT of pain! I thought I twisted my knee or pulled a ligament or something. The pain was deep and penetrating. I eventually saw this furry little "thing" on the ground. I never had seen anything like it, but i put two and two together and used pliers to put it in cup, added some alcohol to try and kill in case I needed it. Meanwhile I could barely walk on my leg. My knee hurt bad. Only a few years later did I figure out what the brown little furry thing was. I figured it was a caterpillar, but wow!

[–]Enigmay 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Would urine be an effective treatment?

[–]open_door_policy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sorry, Bear Grylls would probably have troubles dealing with those guys.

The recommended first aid is actually scotch tape. The stingers can break off in your skin and keep it irritated. The tape will help pull out the stingers.

[–]rlovelock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn. That things just begging to be picked up too!

[–]Maximo9000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do the moths also sting?

[–]pototo_fries 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I kinda want to pet it. Thanks for your warning :(

[–]nightandshade 16 points17 points  (19 children)

By having a violent reaction from eating it.

[–]morinokikori 5 points6 points  (18 children)

You cant get poisoned by just touching it then?

[–]povidlo 55 points56 points  (16 children)

In english, there is a difference between poison and venom.

Poison is applied by digestion. Venom is typically applied by blood stream injection (via sting, fangs etc.).

Therefore, if you ask if something is poisonous, you imply you only might get sick from eating it.

[–]Ventiicedchai 9 points10 points  (11 children)

So you’re saying I can drink venom and be okay?

[–]4white2wid0w 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Yes you can ingest venom... There is actually a rattlesnake venom shot mixed with vodka. You just have to make sure you have no ulcers or anything that could let the venom into your blood stream.

[–]Ventiicedchai 4 points5 points  (4 children)

But if you have a cut in your mouth, then you dead?

[–]ArcFurnace 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Very likely, yes (unless the amount of venom in the drink was incredibly small).

[–]BigBizzle151 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Probably not from rattlesnake venom at least. It's mostly hemotoxic and it's not being injected into the bloodstream, just exposed to an open wound. I'd think you'd likely get ulceration and pain at the cut site.

[–]4white2wid0w 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Correct. Unless said Anti-venom is on hand...

[–]darkest_hour1428 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Only one way to find out

[–]kokish 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]l337hackzor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is a bit of a parlor trick, I've seen YouTube videos of guys (probably in India) drinking Cobra venom as a form of spectacle.

[–]MomentarySanityLapse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Generally, venom will be broken down by your digestive system.

[–]RobKei 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Is Poison Oak poisonous?

[–]eagleth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not just eating it. Poisonous plants will absorb through your skin of you get their poison (urushiol in poison ivy) on your skin and do not get it off quickly. It's generally several times worse if you eat it. Inhaling burning poison ivy can be a death sentence as that same rash and swelling is happening in your lungs and throat.

[–]dread74 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Was stung by one recently and did not die!

[–]morinokikori 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sweeet cheers to living

[–]2g_2g 2 points3 points  (1 child)

[–]DrNipSlip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was expecting him to either grab it, or put it on his leg or something.

[–]sandyshrew 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I read that initially a the most Vermont-ous caterpillar and after the flannel moth bit that seemed perfectly logical to me

[–]jaronhaltiner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m pretty sure it evolves into charizard

[–]KittyCatGangster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm allergic to normal caterpillars, this thing might just kill me

[–]cbzdidit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Burn the place down!!!

[–]kizzle69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was stung by one of these killerpillars like 18 months ago and I still have the scar.

These things are cute and cuddly but will fuck your shit up and you will hurt more than you ever have.

[–]Activeangel 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Be careful!

He may look like he belongs on Trump’s head, but if you touch him, you will feel the Fire and Fury!

[–]mr-mike3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like it would catch fire pretty easily. So that’s good

[–]Kiyasu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, though it's pronounced like you're calling it a pussy cat, not puss from a wound, thanks to its fur.

[–]WickedSynth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks alot like that Knuckles drawing we keep seeing everywhere. Can someone edit this?? loll

[–]kaddis1024 120 points121 points  (2 children)

One of these stung or bit me, whatever these things do, when I was about 10. It was on the top of a fence post and I rested my arm on it, unknowingly. It didn't really hurt too much when it happened, but my whole arm burned the rest of the day. It was worse then a bee sting because it was constant pain all day. My parents called the nurse line and they said it wasn't too big a deal, and to ice it and take Benadryl. The pain went away by the next day. I've never seen another one of these since, but always wondered what they were. TIL a puss caterpillar was the evil critter from my childhood.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Exactly. In 1955 I was 12, and one of those things brushed against my arm as I clipped a hedge. That night was as painful as I have endured during a long (so far) life. The pain was concentrated in my arm pit, I suppose because of the lymph gland there. Stay away from these critters.

[–]SeivardenVendaai 118 points119 points  (3 children)

puss caterpillar maybe?

If so, it's incredibly venomous.

[–]scubasteave2001 61 points62 points  (4 children)

It’s that little guy in the Labyrinth that told Sara not to go that way.

[–]ChadScrewAttack 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"If she had kept going down that way, she would've gone straight to the castle!"

[–]Geographist 11 points12 points  (2 children)


[–]Papa_Caliente_ 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Come inside meet the missus

[–]NakayaTheRed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did you just say hello?

[–]fool_of_a_tuque 18 points19 points  (1 child)

The kind you don't fuckin touch.

[–]AHuxl 42 points43 points  (1 child)

This gif needs a banana! Seriously, is this like “normal” caterpillar size? Because it looks gigantic and it’s making me uncomfortable.

[–]scarletotter 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Yeah wtf, I googled puss caterpillar and they all look tiny like normal caterpillars but this motherfucker looks like the size of a small dog.

[–]areyouinfortyfour 244 points245 points  (4 children)

I think your dog has autism

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_API_KEYS 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No, this is clearly a red panda in its larval stage

[–]objectivelyoriented 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Ugh I rewatched the gif looking for a dog in the background lol

[–]ImSmarterThanOP 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You need to look harder

[–]WaftyGooch 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Looks fine to me

[–]FootballHead1990 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Definitely not from the Hoen region

[–]suprstar1072 46 points47 points  (4 children)

It's a pussy caterpillar

[–]suprstar1072 47 points48 points  (3 children)

goddamn autocorrect..

[–]leighter 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Dirty Dirty boy

[–]van-nostrand-md 2 points3 points  (1 child)

/u/suprstar1072 is a cat groomer

[–]ImSmarterThanOP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How can you tell

[–]Bertha_QuetzalRider 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I believe it's a puss caterpillar, whose hairs are venomous and extremely painful. It eventually becomes a flannel moth.

[–]mikeysaid 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Calling Coyote Peterson...

[–]__Mav__ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That my friend is a Pokémon

[–]onhummingbird 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh... y'all got real serious here - I was going to say it's a caterpillar with a great fucking stylist but wtf - it's poison.

[–]therabbithole-co 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's called a NOPE

[–]Savv89 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That's a caterpillar.. that you burn with fire. Alien looking thing.

[–]aloysius345 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a yeerk

[–]dragiswulf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Looks like a lion fish

[–]umnikos 7 points8 points  (2 children)

[–]seansh7 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I watched about one minute of it. No fun was spoiled.

[–]spicyporkdumpling -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I stopped watching up the point where he implied that Birkenstocks and socks isn’t a good combo. Totally unreliable

[–]LorSanTekk 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's dart from stranger things

[–]dmazarin 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]zaphodakaphil 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A bee sting is mild compared to these things! Pain can last for days, and yes they will leave a scar on you

[–]BanksterX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Poisonous probably hahabab

[–]CerberusBlue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kill it with fire

[–]vigocarpath 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OP do me a favour please and kill that fucking thing

[–]GaryNOVA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like Jim Henson created this.

[–]B3ckham 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I Believe It's A Tribble

[–]RedJudas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a Spice Emperor from Dune.

[–]cli-ent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

[Hagrid:] "You're a Hairy .. Caterpillar!"

[–]MrDrLemon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He is the Lorax and he speaks for the trees, and he'd like to say a few words if you please.

[–]solgee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

First thought “it’s so cute I want to pet it “ Reads comments “k no “

[–]Poupinmysoop 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Presidentus Hairpiecus

[–]cardell912 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]collegekidinablankey 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Not sure if from hell or from the deepest depths of the ocean

[–]hermitmike 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pokemon GO gen4 is already here.

[–]Burgertr0n 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Don’t know... looks poisonous as fuck

[–]TistedLogic 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's a puss caterpillar and they're venomous.

[–]chunky_lemonmilk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, yup. That’s a demodog.

[–]pm-me-your-titties69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who else wants to stomp the shit out of it?

[–]Jimmigill 1 point2 points  (3 children)


Skip to 46 seconds.

[–]burninglemon 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Sorry too much work, next time post a link with timestamp. /s

[–]Jimmigill 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I don't know how to do that on a phone.

[–]burninglemon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'll forgive you, and I clicked it and watched the whole thing cause Rick and Morty...

[–]j0ntex7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

tbh I thought it was a flat fox...?

[–]chamington 0 points1 point  (2 children)

idk but it looks super cute and I want to pet it

[–]cyberodium 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If you pet it it will burn your hand off

[–]binsonsminions 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its a wookiepillar

[–]therealshecky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lick it

[–]Thingis123 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]pryjar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where the fuck do you live?

[–]glowsinthedarks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A huge asp. Poisonous but so cuddly. Worth it.

[–]PattoMantequilla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kind u don’t mess with.

[–]Zypher_boi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looks massive for some reason

[–]phikeia4lyfe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Baby Demogorgon

[–]Littlelamlam88 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Pukesmiley 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Idk pls napalm it

[–]kickasstimus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I put my leg on one of these while I was under my car. They hurt, but no worse than a bee or a wasp. I didn't even realize what it was that was stinging me - I figured I had a sharp rock under my leg. It got me twice and left marks the looked like someone branded me with a 3x2 Lego piece.

[–]JustAsItSounds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A guild navigator

[–]Marquez1889 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Baby demagorgan

[–]justnodalong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never felt so fascinated yet disgusted at the same time. That is one bad pillar.

[–]random-engineer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No touchy!!!!

[–]MKD7036611 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First time seeing something like that. It looks like bear mated with a caterpillar and that thing was created

[–]Cuteshelf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What level of Sayan is that?

[–]tdogg812013 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a Pokemon

[–]Johnnieroq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the cousin IT.

[–]I_eat_men_4_a_living 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like fcking Mufasa

[–]Modern_Ninja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you don't have one, once you catch it your pokédex will show you some information on it.

[–]DirtPiranha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a Yeerk from Animorphs

[–]panapsi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would touch it, poisonous or not!

[–]AliceStoleTheTardis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is vegata and napa combined into caterpillar form.

[–]carolathome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you put it out of it’s misery to prevent yours?

[–]1arm3dScissor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a tortoise in a shell.

[–]delventhalz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can’t convince me that’s not a Pokémon.

[–]OwlThatTastesLikeOwl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that’s a sea bear

[–]spulch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a Thundercat, my friend.

[–]ImAFanOfAnimals 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Growing up I was always told “the more beautiful it is the more you need to stay away from it.” I have no clue what that is but something tells me, don’t touch it!

[–]tonyjb09 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Um that's a seabear.

[–]Notminereally 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]theblackyeti 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who looks at that and thinks Caterpillar? This thing has a dogs face. And like 50 feet. I'm scared.

[–]IVlorphine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My buddy is a combat vet who was shot 3 times and he said the pain from this stinging his back was far worse

[–]RudolphMorphi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A horrifying one.

[–]yagamison 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a sandwiched lion.

[–]InternAZional1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ed Sheeranapillar

[–]K-Shrizzle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a tortoise.

[–]WingerRules 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]dapperdoot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Touch it and find out.

[–]Roest_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A fucking big one.

[–]f0rcedinducti0n 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a land koi.

[–]new_messages 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Trump's hairdo has escaped, it seems.

[–]YouEqualStupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The best kind

[–]RedditOnceDiditTwice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ewok caterpillar.

[–]ComicalKumquat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think you just discovered a pokemon

[–]SurfingDog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is Trumps hair running away from his ass

[–]KeeperofAmmut7 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Trumpus donaldus extremely toxic and racist.

[–]Esser2002 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It's a baby dragon

[–]Max_Ram_CPU -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Looks like Donald Trumps hair is leaving him too

[–]Thespillmonkey 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]dannyduncan6ynine -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It’s not a caterpillar it’s Donald trumps hair escaping

[–]BrooklynByson -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

That’s a flying bison

[–]bucky360wonderer -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Looks like a chewbacca..

[–]MonkheyBoy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Caterpillars can be so fucking weird.

[–]GooseNv -1 points0 points  (0 children)

one you don't touch

[–]BolshyPerfection -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Wiley caterpillar

[–]StraightoutaBrompton -1 points0 points  (0 children)

In Texas we call them Asps, which is not correct. It’s more like calling Cola and Coke I guess. More of a generic thing. Like everyone has said they have quite the sting. They turn into the southern flannel moth.

[–]holanderos -1 points0 points  (1 child)

idk y but i have this urge to crush it with a medium sized rock and see it struugle and die in pain

[–]Dilly-day-dreamer -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Ginger mohawkapillar

[–]BaconPersuasion -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Corgie pillar.