To many people, caterpillars are adorable, fuzzy little bugs that chew on leaves and turn into beautiful butterflies. At first glance they seem like harmless critters; in fact, some seem like little works of art found in nature. But don't let their cuddliness fool you - some of these tiny terrors rank among the deadliest bugs in nature.
Some caterpillars, like the deceptively-named puss caterpillar, possess a dangerous edge. In fact, nature is full of wild-looking caterpillars that can kill you, or at the very least seriously ruin your hike. A good number of caterpillars have developed defense tactics to ward off predators, such as venom-charged spines on their backs that hurt those who come too close. These toxic insects just want to be left alone, so be sure to keep your distance if you see any on your next excursion into the wilderness. There is no dignity in getting taken down by a fuzzy and cute – albeit venomous – caterpillar.
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