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Dangerous Caterpillars

I was raised by missionaries in the amazon with cannibals and lived with some crazy dangerous critters. But make no mistake, they are everywhere, even right here in our back yards. When we do a kids survival class, we talk mostly about communication, navigation, fires, insects, plants and snakes.

We love to try new things to do outside but always want to know how to keep our kids safe as we enjoy family fun outdoors. Tell your kids to watch out for these little poisonous cuties. These four poisonous caterpillars can cause a world of hurt. This is very serious for elderly or children, especially if they have allergies, hay fever or asthma. The best way to treat  a sting from a caterpillar fast (while going to the ER or even after calling 911 if the victim has allergies) is to put tape over the stinging area and pull off the tape to remove the spines. Repeat this a few times to remove as much as you can and then use ice packs to ease the stinging pain. As with many burns you can also make a paste of baking soda and water to draw out the poison.

    • saddleback caterpillarSaddleback caterpillars are brown with a pretty bright green back and an oval brown spot in the middle, with a white ring. It looks like a little saddle with a green blanket decorated with little fuzzy hairs just calling for the kids to touch them but don’t. There sting is painful. They really just want to hang around and eat palms and hibiscus. They are all around us. Even in our survival classes we keep an eye out for them as we harvest palmetto fur from palmetto bushes as part of our how to make a birds nest for starting a fire.
    • puss caterpillarPuss caterpillars love to each shrubs and big tree leaves like citrus and oaks. Great! We love to pick oranges when it is OK on a hike and kids love to climb trees. This one is dangerous as a larva that’s covered in gray to brown hairs, also about 1” long. The soft white hairs hide poisonous spines that break off and stick into you when you touch it causing a serious stinging pain. They are most common in spring and fall when the weather is nice and people are enjoying family fun outdoors. The birds and lizards keep them from getting too numerous but sometimes the population is much larger.
    • Lo MOth CaterpillarLo Moth caterpillar, all that pretty fuzzy stuff is where you will experience the pain of the nettling organs or spines, if you touch them. They like to eat a wide range of plants, but several variety of ixora and rose are their favorites. The ixora comes in many styles and colors and the Lo Moth loves go be around them.
    • hag caterpillarHag caterpillar, not as numerous as the others but still loaded with stinging spines. It is found on various forest trees and ornamental shrubs. Please take the time to show these pictures to your kids or come enjoy a survival birthday party with the kids. We also do short term mission trip training. Parents and kids love our training classes and events and never want to leave; regardless of experience we all learn and have fun together. Remember to stay safe and train to survive and thrive.
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