Hickory Tussock Caterpillar

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These garish caterpillars look like they’re dressed for winter in their fluffy coats. Most of the hair covering this species is relatively harmless, however there are four long black hairs — two in front and two in back — that you’ll want to be wary about. Touching them can cause rashes or more serious medical problems if you manage to get the hairs in your eyes. And if their toxic hairs weren’t bad enough, apparently they also bite. Furry, but not friendly.

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