FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Southern flannel moth caterpillar (Puss caterpillar) Megalopyge opercularis

Wandering in woods, shirt sleeves mark the memory of a puss cat sting

Stings of the flannel moth caterpillars are said to be the most potent as any of North America’s caterpillars. Contact with spines on live or dead caterpillars, their discarded skins or their cocoons, causes an intense burning sensation, redness and swelling. Resembling a man’s toupee or cat fur, of different colors at different stages, puss caterpillars live primarily in deciduous forests and may be encountered as you brush by trees or campsite features. Wear a long sleeved shirt and long pants to protect your skin from contact with the venomous spines.

Lea Doise Puss Caterpillar Oil 12 x 12 $140


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