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Pus larvae with stings like a ‘burning hot knife’ appear all over Virginia



A strange little insect that looks like a walking toupee and sprays poisonous pus from knife-like spikes is terrorizing Virginia this year, according to the state Department of Forestry (VDoF).

The poisonous pus larva is the larval form of the southern flannel moth (Megalopyge opercularis), and if you see one, stay away from it. Its “hair” is actually the backbone that makes it the most venomous larvae in the United States. A woman in New Kent County described the feeling of a “burning hot knife passing through the outside of my calf” as she brushed against one on the door of her car, according to The Daily Progress.


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