One unlucky man jammed his finger right on top of a saddleback caterpillar, and was in pain much more intense than a wasp sting a good 3 hours. He described the hurt as being akin to a slow moving freight train, taking a few minutes to set in
Caterpillars are adolescent moths and butterflies, and often have stinging hairs and fibres as protection against predatory creatures who hunt them for food. On occasion, these bodily features contain venoms, which are introduced into the attacker by penetrating actions Brushing up against such animals, even lightly, can lead to contact dermatitis, itching and often severe pain, active caterpillar attacks and stings causing varying levels of pain, according to the species involved.
One unlucky man jammed his finger right on top of a saddleback caterpillar, and was in pain much more intense than a wasp sting a good 3 hours. He described the hurt as being akin to a slow moving freight train, taking a few minutes to set in. These small caterpillars are not easy to see on forest floors or amongst leaves care is needed.
The pain and itching require prompt treatment, and luckily, the injuries are rarely serious, in most people though anyone with allergy problems, should pay careful attention to reactions.
Best bet is to repeat a process, several times, of pushing sticky tape onto the affected area, then ripping it off again to get out the offending hairs or fibres.Then put ice-packs over the area to reduce the burning and itching, which is further helped by the application of a paste composed of water and baking soda.These nasty little
Saddleback Caterpillars have reddish-brown coloration, just under an inch long, with fleshy, spiny horns at each end of their bodies, shorter spiny horns on each side, and a distinct green midsection coloring that resembles a saddle. A brown or purple circle is always seen central to this bright green saddle section,