September 11, 2014
On the grid.
I know the big thing now is to be off the grid.
This hickory tussock caterpillar seems to be content to be fully on the grid.
Actually it is the screen door that opens onto the deck.
Gives you an idea of how small it is.
The hairs of the hickory tussock caterpillar spell trouble, especially the longer “lashes,” which are connected to poison glands. These hollow tubes allow the pokee to introduce a chemical into the poker.
For most of us, a close encounter of the hickory tussock caterpillar kind results in a burning, nettle-type, itchy rash. Cleaning the sting with soap and water, dabbing on some ammonia or calamine lotion, and topping it off with some ice should handle the problem.
More sensitive souls can experience swelling and nausea and may have to see a doctor. The fuzzy setae that cover the caterpillar’s body are barbed and are mechanically irritating, especially if accidentally rubbed in the eyes.
source - University of Wisconsin.