All aboard the nasty train

Meet ochrogaster lunifer, the curious caterpillar that packs a punch in Western Australia.

When these creatures mature they will develop into very forgettable moths, but until that day comes, they are downright nasty.

The caterpillars travel in single-file trains.  Each is armed with harpoon-like hairs that cause skin rashes that can last for months.  The hairs are so pathogenic that they are thought to trigger spontaneous abortions in horses.

Luckily, I’m not a pregnant mare or a heavy petter.  I’m an easy-does-it kind of guy, enjoying nature with my hands clasped firmly behind my back.


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