FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Black-waved flannel moth caterpillar Megalopyge crispata

A gray cloud conceals the bolt of venom waiting for my fingertip

Resembling a man’s toupee, these caterpillars carry sharp, protective spines beneath long, flowing hairs. They emerge from clusters of eggs laid by mature moths in woodlands and fields with woody growth. If you encounter these caterpillars as they wander, don’t touch them or brush at them. The spines cause a severe burning sensation, redness and swelling at the site of contact, that may last hours or days. Watch for allergic reactions to the sting and seek medical attention for swelling beyond the sting site or any difficulty breathing.

Ida Simmons Troll Doll to Einstein: Instars of a Flannel Moth Caterpillar Mixed media 12 x 12 $250


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