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    Wow! I've always wanted to find one of those saddleback caterpillars! I don't think I'd pick one up barehanded though.
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    huh? they actually sting you? or is it more like turantula hairs

    pretty cool though. i'd eat it for 20 bucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Do they just poke? ...or more than that?
    Quote Originally Posted by Millipede View Post
    huh? they actually sting you? or is it more like turantula hairs
    They do more than just poke. It is kind of like a tarantula hair in that the hair spike dislodges but, unlike tarantulas, the hair spike is coated with a toxic compound that elicits a vicious pain response. It is not like getting nailed by a cow killer wasp but it ain't no picnic...

    i'd eat it for 20 bucks!
    Yeah.... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that that probably would not be a good idea unless you really like the idea of a hospital visit.
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    wow! awsome caterpillar! I read about that one in a book, lol. Too me it always looked like it was wearing a coat or something. Awsome though, cool pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    .... but you just have to be ready for the consequences if you make a mistake. I knew what I was getting into, hurts like Hades if they catch you with one of the spines on the projections ...
    Last year I was pulling some weeds in one of the perennial beds & felt like I got hit with a strong sting from nettles. I'd planted some nettles in a pot several years ago as a lep foodplant so that wasn't a shock - however, I thought they had all died out. Looking around I couldn't find any nettles so I left to nurse my wounds... Next day I was back in the same spot & got hit again. This time I knew I wasn't mistaken & something had nailed me. After a search, I finally found one of these guys. Once I knew what I was looking for, I found several more .... Incredible looking but those spikes are definitely more than 'show'!
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    it looks like it is discuised as a spider

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