Matt was standing in his driveway talking to a repairman when he got “stung” by a caterpillar. Not a bee, not a wasp — he got stung by a caterpillar! He’s not sure how the creature got on his leg; he just felt the pain and there it was. He’s pretty certain the culprit is a buck moth caterpillar. These caterpillars thrive in areas with oak trees. They have spines to ward off predators and the spines can hurt humans! It can take up to 10 days for the sting’s effects to clear up.
The next time you encounter a caterpillar with spines, it makes sense to avoid contact with it if possible. …you never know if the caterpillar will think YOU are a predator.