- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - A common, furry-looking caterpillar species prevalent in Florida in the fall can create uncomfortable stings on humans if touched.

University of Florida horticulture specialist Prissy Fletcher says the “puss caterpillar” appears furry, but stores toxins in its spine which are excreted if it’s touched.

The insect’s venom can create a swelling, burning wound.

The Palatka Daily News (https://bit.ly/1tgJQBG ) reports that the white-and-brown caterpillar is often found on oak and elm trees.

Fletcher says people working outside should wear protective clothing, and use ice packs or hydrocortisone cream if they are stung.

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