What's This Caterpillar?

mommyfox(7)June 19, 2007

I have caterpillars all over my yard! I haven't decided if I'm going to try to rid myself of them yet, since I do like butterflies - I just like my plants more, and they seem to be on everything!

They're fuzzy, a pale green color, a black dot of a face and they move very quickly. Since they're fuzzy I was a little worried about them being dangerous around my toddler; is it an old wives' tale that fuzzy caterpillars can be poisonous? (to handle, not to eat.)

If it doesn't sound familiar, or if I'm describing half of all caterpillars out there, then I'll take a picture of one tonight.

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mikeandbarb(z8 D/FW)

I've never heard of a caterpillar being poisonous but then I don't know if there are any that could be either.
Whatever the case I would not take a chance because some do sting and the sting is very painful.
I know I use to get stung by the asp and I think they are way worse then a wasp or bee sting.

They sometimes fall out of trees and land on you.
I hadn't seen any for a long time then when we moved here I started seeing them again.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 7:23PM
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red_geranium

There are some pretty nasty caterpillars out there! The "puss caterpillar" comes to mind and it supposedly delivers a really painful sting. Here is a link http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg256.html There are 4 other poisonous caterpillars listed which are common to Texas.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 3:16AM
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suburbangreen(8)

Sounds like webworms to me. They will eventually become moths I think.

Pete

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 5:06PM
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mommyfox(7)

Blast, they are webworms. And they're on EVERYTHING. My neighbor's catalpa is just covered in them.

Should I be concerned for my bedding plants, or will the caterpillars stick to the trees?

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 7:24PM
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scottamuss

They are pollinators FYI.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 6:25PM
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denisew(z8 TX)

Spraying bt will control them. It makes them stop eating and die and isn't harmful to humans - just caterpillars. Just be careful about where you spray it in case you do garden for butterflies. Catalpa trees are famous for getting those caterpillars on them.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2007 at 12:36AM
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