Buck Moth Caterpillars {Stinging Caterpillars}

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Buck Moth Caterpillar

The Buck Moth Caterpillars have made their appearance in our yard again this year. These caterpillars sting when they are touched. I brushed up against one last week while picking strawberries. My finger felt like it had been stung by a wasp- burning and very uncomfortable. At first I didn’t know what stung me. Then I saw a nice trail of red dots across my finger which reminded me of Mr. B’s experience with the Buck Moth Caterpillar last year.

Buck Moth Caterpillars live near oak trees. They are spiky and black. The sting is immediate and these caterpillars should not be handled.

Just a friendly reminder for those of you who have these spiky little things in your yard. A week later and I still have a mark on my finger!


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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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