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   Undertoad  Wednesday Sep 27 01:11 PM

September 27, 2006: Big-ass caterpillar



Wolf not only finds this one, she does all the legwork of getting info on it, all credit to her.

This shot was taken by a park ranger "somewhere in Pennsylvania". This thing is wider than the guy's finger and as long as his hand! Whoa!



It turns out that the beast, in caterpillar form, is called the "hickory horned devil" - more images here. And yeah, it's typically 5" long. They say it's not harmful to humans. They say.



But when it turns into a moth, it's underwhelming despite its new name, the "regal moth".

Sure, we've seen that story before -- the big, colorful, horny youth, who turn rather plain as they age but continue to think of themselves as royalty.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Sep 27 01:18 PM

I found one of those when I was a kid! Unfortunately, we didn't know how to care for it (they pupate underground, and we kept it on a branch until it was too late), so it died. Incredible critter.



Flint  Wednesday Sep 27 01:22 PM

PETA will never allow Happy Monkey to be elected into office...



wolf  Wednesday Sep 27 01:54 PM

The "somewhere in Pennsylvania" turns out to be French Creek State Park.



footfootfoot  Wednesday Sep 27 03:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by undertoad
They say it's not harmful to humans
If it's not harmful to humans then why am I nauseaus just from looking at it?


Trilby  Wednesday Sep 27 03:41 PM

Why aren't we throwing it in butter and fryin' it up?



limey  Wednesday Sep 27 03:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Why aren't we throwing it in butter and fryin' it up?
Why aren't we frying it in butter and throwing it up?


Elspode  Wednesday Sep 27 03:57 PM

Now I know what Mothra looked like before metamorphosis.



KinkyVixen  Wednesday Sep 27 05:14 PM

I like to save my butter for cannibutter...hehe...



Karenv  Wednesday Sep 27 06:53 PM

Wonder if it is as edible as those West coast banana slugs?

THrow a few devils on the barbie?



smillie  Wednesday Sep 27 07:29 PM

Looks a lot like a tomato worm.



KinkyVixen  Wednesday Sep 27 07:35 PM

OMGosh! Did anyone see the fear factor episode (i'm sure there's been more than one, but maybe not) where they had to eat the tomoato worms! That was the SICKEST thing I've ever seen. They would bite into them and their juices would squirt them in the eyes, and the people standing near by...ooooh, that's so gross....now my stomach hurts. I could never make it on fear factor, just because of the weird shit they have to eat!



wolf  Wednesday Sep 27 07:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
The "somewhere in Pennsylvania" turns out to be French Creek State Park.
Which, incidentally, is ENTIRELY too close to The Cellar, since they have beasts like this roaming the place.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 27 08:03 PM

What do you expect, after all it is FRENCH Creek.



lumberjim  Wednesday Sep 27 08:23 PM

i live in walking distance to french creek state park. i aint skeered. you should see our centipedes. i've almost completed the saddle i'm making for the smaller one. i'll need more cows to make one for it's mom.



BigV  Thursday Sep 28 10:25 AM

o/t

I noticed the strategically placed hyphen in the title of the thread, thereby saving a lot of dumb jokes...Well played, UT.



Saknussem  Thursday Sep 28 12:35 PM

allergic

I happen to be SEVERELY allergic to insect stings, bites, basically, anything involving them up to and including awkward meetings and shy conversation at cocktail parties.

One of the most dangerous critters in all of North America for me to meet happened actually to friggin WALK ACROSS MY BACK a few years ago. This bad ass beastie was identified to me as a "Lesser Yellow Fuzzy Caterpillar". Why is it so dangerous, you have to ask? No, really, I hear you out there . . . You, with the Dell laptop, I hear you...well, let me tell you...

This thing, this beast from hell is dangerous on two levels:
A) Its legs contain powerful hystamines which cause an person who is allergic to have a reaction including swelling, closing of the muscles around the larynx, itching, sweating, and skin irritation (hives, blisters, etc) and
B) Its cute, little fuzzies all over its back? Well, those have one of the most powerful neurotoxins in North America for its size, and those little bastards get into your skin with all the usual reactions, sweats, hot flashes, cold flashes, numbness, loss of breathing, the usual fun stuff.

All I can say is:Thank GOD for epinephrine and Benedryl. I chugged half a bottle of Bennie, hit myself with my autoinjector, called 911, and passed out on the front steps --woke up with the ambulance guys being worried over me. But I lived to tell the tale (obviously) so now, whenever I see a caterpiller, well, I don't give a shit that some cute ass butterfly is the result, I squash em. bastards. every one of em.

Death to the buggies. Long live the Praying Mantiseses (what the HELL is the plural of that anyway). Ciao



Ibby  Thursday Sep 28 04:41 PM

I'm gonna refrain from being a bastard and not mention natural selection...



rkzenrage  Thursday Sep 28 04:49 PM




Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 28 05:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saknussem
I happen to be SEVERELY allergic to insect stings, bites, basically, anything involving them up to and including awkward meetings and shy conversation at cocktail parties.

One of the most dangerous critters in all of North America for me to meet happened actually to friggin WALK ACROSS MY BACK a few years ago. This bad ass beastie was identified to me as a "Lesser Yellow Fuzzy Caterpillar". Why is it so dangerous, you have to ask? No, really, I hear you out there . . . You, with the Dell laptop, I hear you...well, let me tell you...

This thing, this beast from hell is dangerous on two levels:
A) Its legs contain powerful hystamines which cause an person who is allergic to have a reaction including swelling, closing of the muscles around the larynx, itching, sweating, and skin irritation (hives, blisters, etc) and
B) Its cute, little fuzzies all over its back? Well, those have one of the most powerful neurotoxins in North America for its size, and those little bastards get into your skin with all the usual reactions, sweats, hot flashes, cold flashes, numbness, loss of breathing, the usual fun stuff.

All I can say is:Thank GOD for epinephrine and Benedryl. I chugged half a bottle of Bennie, hit myself with my autoinjector, called 911, and passed out on the front steps --woke up with the ambulance guys being worried over me. But I lived to tell the tale (obviously) so now, whenever I see a caterpiller, well, I don't give a shit that some cute ass butterfly is the result, I squash em. bastards. every one of em.

Death to the buggies. Long live the Praying Mantiseses (what the HELL is the plural of that anyway). Ciao
Great post!

I suffer from bouts of angioedema (triggered by anything from insect bites, to heat, to wearing shoes I haven't worn in a week so my skin isn't used to that particular pressure in that particular spot) meaning my capillaries swell, causing my skin to swell, blister, and itch like a thousand bugs are biting me. Unless it would ever happen to affect my esophagus, I'm not in danger of dying from it (though there are those who live with that risk) but man it sucks. I chug the benadryl myself, then am just about unconscious from it!

So now I know about the lesser fuzzy yellow caterpillars. I can see it now "Honey, go kill that fuzzy yellow caterpillar." He'll think I'm bonkers! :p


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 28 06:13 PM

Saknussem, I'd be a city dweller, if I was you.



Saknussem  Friday Sep 29 12:57 AM

city dwelling

Well, this happened while I was living at
677 ****** Road
Brooklyn, NY

on the front porch, yet.

bastard caterpillars coming to Brooklyn.



lumberjim  Friday Sep 29 01:30 AM

was it one of these?



morethanpretty  Friday Sep 29 02:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Saknussem, I'd be a city dweller, if I was you.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saknussem
Well, this happened while I was living at
677 ****** Road
Brooklyn, NY

on the front porch, yet.

bastard caterpillars coming to Brooklyn.
I would lock myself in a concealed room and cry if I was you.


Saknussem  Sunday Dec 14 01:32 PM

Wow, been a while since I have been here.

Morethanpretty posted:

Quote:
I would lock myself in a concealed room and cry if I was you.
I do that anyway, m'dear. I do that anyway.

I have a new tale to tell in the strange allergic life of Saknussem! For those who remember this thread . . .

I have moved from NY to California, in the country California. In the central valley, California. Farmland. Know what they have at farms? Bugs. Lots of them. I went to Yosemite National Park recently, now I live 1 hour from the main gate and 1.5 hours from the Valley Where The Goddess Got Things Right (That is what we call Yosemite Valley http://www.geocities.com/taiwan_rock...valley_wp.jpg). Anyhow, it is FEDERAL LAND, right? While we were up there, I had an encounter with a caterpillar. The damn thing crawled right onto my arm! Christ, why do these things happen to ME!? Anyhow, I shook it off, and my arm is swelling already, ok?, and stomped on the little fucker. Well, CindyLou Park Ranger was RIGHT THE FUCK BEHIND ME! She came over like the proverbial bat out of righteous fury hell and told me I was getting a summons for killing a park animal. This thing carries like a $5k fine. Crap. Well, it turns out the judge is ALSO allergic to bugbites and let me go with a warning to wear long sleeve shirts. The ranger couldn't stop spitting. LOL.

Kill a caterpillar, you might be saving my life!


wolf  Sunday Dec 14 01:55 PM

Welcome back, Sak!



Sundae  Sunday Dec 14 03:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saknussem View Post
Kill a caterpillar, you might be saving my life!
Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Because if you do it won't grow up into a butterfly and generations from now my descendants will all be Nazis. It's true, it was in a book.


spudcon  Sunday Dec 14 06:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saknussem View Post
I happen to be SEVERELY allergic to insect stings, bites, basically, anything involving them up to and including awkward meetings and shy conversation at cocktail parties.

One of the most dangerous critters in all of North America for me to meet happened actually to friggin WALK ACROSS MY BACK a few years ago. This bad ass beastie was identified to me as a "Lesser Yellow Fuzzy Caterpillar". Why is it so dangerous, you have to ask? No, really, I hear you out there . . . You, with the Dell laptop, I hear you...well, let me tell you...

This thing, this beast from hell is dangerous on two levels:
A) Its legs contain powerful hystamines which cause an person who is allergic to have a reaction including swelling, closing of the muscles around the larynx, itching, sweating, and skin irritation (hives, blisters, etc) and
B) Its cute, little fuzzies all over its back? Well, those have one of the most powerful neurotoxins in North America for its size, and those little bastards get into your skin with all the usual reactions, sweats, hot flashes, cold flashes, numbness, loss of breathing, the usual fun stuff.

All I can say is:Thank GOD for epinephrine and Benedryl. I chugged half a bottle of Bennie, hit myself with my autoinjector, called 911, and passed out on the front steps --woke up with the ambulance guys being worried over me. But I lived to tell the tale (obviously) so now, whenever I see a caterpiller, well, I don't give a shit that some cute ass butterfly is the result, I squash em. bastards. every one of em.

Death to the buggies. Long live the Praying Mantiseses (what the HELL is the plural of that anyway). Ciao
Sniff. That is the most beautiful essay I've ever read. Caterpillars have ruined America. It's time to fight back! Squash the green goo out of them!


Saknussem  Friday Dec 19 02:24 AM

It was the benedryl talking. I am nowhere near that eloquent, ok? :P



ZenGum  Tuesday Dec 23 09:29 PM

Saknussem, how does this strike you:

Quote:
Residents in the southern seaside town of Marion Bay are battling a caterpillar plague.

Hundreds of thousands of southern army worms have been making their way from farms and crossing the road into shacks and homes.
Full story here.

Very wriggly video available at the above link.


Saknussem  Friday Dec 26 10:53 PM

Okay, my response to that would be something like this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiP7-HBHwPc



Karenv  Monday Dec 29 02:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post


...
It turns out that the beast, in caterpillar form, is called the "hickory horned devil" - more images here. And yeah, it's typically 5" long. They say it's not harmful to humans. They say.
.
Looks a lot bigger than five inches in this photo. Sort of like that Iraqi sand spider shot that looks like a lobster.


Razzmatazz13  Monday Dec 29 12:14 PM

mtp has been around since 06? Where the heck was I?



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Dec 29 12:56 PM

That's what we want to know... and what were you doing... and with whom... and preferably with pictures.



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