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Puss Moth Caterpillar, Asp, Southern Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis)

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Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Megalopygidae
Genus: Megalopyge
Species: opercularis

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Brooker, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Golden Lakes, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Worden, Illinois
Bayou Cane, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bowmore, North Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Lyman, South Carolina
Denton, Texas
El Lago, Texas
Macallen, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Spring, Texas

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive MiniSchnuz On Oct 29, 2007, MiniSchnuz from New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a) wrote:

Not same color as this one but I got contacted with a puss cateripllar yesterday.. Warning! Very Painful for hours! It feels like burns from a fire but it keep burning for more than 5 hours. For me. It's almost 12 hours. It can cause weak, nausea, swollen, numb. This kind is very posionious than all the cateripllar.

Neutral GrammaM On Nov 12, 2007, GrammaM from Worden, IL
(Zone 6a) wrote:

I was stung by a Flannel Moth larvae more than 20 years ago, but remember the pain still! I was trimming limbs from sassafras along our road in Madison Co., IL in late August. I took hold of a branch and felt a stabbing pain in my left hand between my ring and middle fingers. Searching through the leaves, I discovered the furry caterpillar. I started walking toward the house which was about 500 feet away. Before I got that far, the pain had migrated up my arm to my elbow and my fingers were swollen. A few minutes more and the pain had reached my armpit and shoulder. At that point, the progression stopped and I had no further symptoms except the pain which kept me from sleeping all night. My usual remedy for bee sting, a paste of baking soda, had little effect, nor did ice help. I had to keep my arm elevated to make the pain bearable. The next morning, the pain was still bad enough that I could not lower my arm, or move it without severe pain. A phone call to the local poison control center helped me identify the culprit. The pain gradually lessened, but it was 3 or 4 days before it was gone completely. I now understand that some people have even more extreme reactions, so keep a wary eye for these critters!

Negative DanKistner On Jul 20, 2009, DanKistner from Winter Haven, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

Nasty little thing. Laid my arm on one (thought it was an old pumpkin seed) hurt like the dickens. It caused pain to shoot through my entire arm and cause my heart to start beating erratically. Ended up going to the emergency room. One stung a co-worker of my dad and gave him a seizure. Once again, NASTY! I was given multiple shots and steroids. They also gave me a pretty hefty dose of some sort of pain killer which knocked me out so i slept through the rest of the pain ha ha ha.

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