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

September 14, 2014 1:36 AM

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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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