Poisonous caterpillar stings send children in NC, Virginia to the hospital

September 14, 2014 1:36 AM

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Poisonous caterpillar stings send children in NC, Virginia to the hospital

Stings from tiny caterpillars have sent children in North Carolina and Virginia to the hospital and encounters are being reported elsewhere in the Southeast.

The Puss Caterpillar — the Megalopyge opercularis — is the most poisonous caterpillar in the United States, according to WebMD.com. The caterpillar’s poison is hidden in hollow spines among the hairs, according to the website.

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