Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Hairy Caterpillar by melvynyeo Hairy Caterpillar by melvynyeo
I'm not sure what species this cat belong too and also not sure if it can sting.... :)

Stinging caterpillars do not sting in the familiar manner of bees, yellowjackets, hornets, and wasps (Order Hymenoptera). Instead, stinging caterpillars bear specialized nettling or urticaceous setae or spines. These structures are hollow and contain toxins from poison-gland cells to which they are joined. These are primarily defensive structures for protection of caterpillars from predators and other enemies. The sting inflicted on humans is not from a deliberate attack by the caterpillar, but the result of contact, usually inadvertent, with toxin-bearing setae or spines. When brushed against, these structures break away, releasing toxins. In some cases, broken setae may penetrate the skin; in others, toxins spill out to spread on the surface of the skin.

Reactions to contact vary and include: slight to intense nettling, stinging, itching, or burning sensations; development of dermatitis, rash, lesions, or pustules; inflammation, swelling, and numbness at or around the area of contact; fever and nausea; and, in some cases, intense pain. The type of reaction depends on the species of caterpillar, degree of contact, type of toxin, and susceptibility of the individual. Reactions may be especially severe for individuals with allergies or sensitive skin.

The irritation usually results from direct contact with a live caterpillar. However, in some species, urticating setae may retain nettling capabilities for some time after death of the caterpillar. Molted skins and silk cocoons bearing toxic hairs from last-stage larvae may also cause nettling if handled. Nettling caused by contact with dead caterpillars, cast skins, and cocoons is generally milder than that produced by live caterpillars.

Many species of caterpillars are variously armed or clothed with setae and spines; however, only a relative few actually possess venomous or urticating structures. Thus, there are "stingers" and harmless "look-a-likes", and distinguishing one from the other solely on appearance is difficult. Determining which is which by "hands-on" personal bio-assay is foolproof but could be foolhardy and painful.

Source [link]
Add a Comment:
 
:iconokavanga:
Okavanga Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
Stunning!

Spotted in AA77 Art and Artists of DA.

David
Reply
:iconvargensaphia:
VargenSaphia Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your photos are amazing! Not only are they of very high quality overall, but they also show us the beauty which we normally can't see.
Reply
:icondanryanphotography:
DanRyanPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your work mate!. Fantastic!. 
Reply
:iconex-combustis:
Ex-combustis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy moley this looks like something out of James Cameron's AVATAR motion picture
Reply
:iconplanetbloopy:
PlanetBloopy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Nice description, haha. Looks like the species kunugia divaricata, sometimes called the skull-faced cat by photographers!
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thanks for the iD :)
Reply
:iconejaboy:
ejaboy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
You look good, Caterpillar!
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
:)
Reply
:iconraido-ehwaz:
raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
YMCA :D great shot! sure looks like a marvellous caterpillar, stinging or not.
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
:)
Reply
:iconmadeyejude:
MadEyeJude Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the hair style and colour :D That's what I call an inovative hair style! :+fav:
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
:)
Reply
:iconjjenkins0517:
JJenkins0517 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Very nice shot I really like the detail and colors.
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thank you! :)
Reply
:icongreenperson-29:
GreeNPErson-29 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
waaaw this is so awesome!
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thank you! :)
Reply
:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome caterpillar is awesome! :wow:
Reply
:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thank you! :)
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
July 7, 2012
Image Size
226 KB
Resolution
960×640
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
4,261 (1 today)
Favourites
116 (who?)
Comments
18
Downloads
170
×