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.