Fury caterpillars covered in venomous spines is invading Virginia and attacking ...

Virginia officials have warned residents of 'an outbreak,' following numerous sightings of the most poisonous caterpillar in the US crawling around the state.

Called a puss caterpillar, the fury creature is covered in venomous spikes that causes intense pain when touched, along with swelling, fever and symptoms of shock.

The hairy creature resides in the southern states and feeds on shade trees such as elm, oak and sycamore, but locals have spotted it roaming around parks and other structures.

Numerous reports of the puss have surfaced in eastern counties of the state, along with injuries that have sent some to the emergency room. 

Officials note that the toxic caterpillar population is kept under control by natural enemies, but chemical insecticides will be deployed if necessary.

Virginia officials have warned residents of 'an outbreak,' following numerous sightings of the most poisonous caterpillar in the US crawling around the state. Called a puss caterpillar, the fury creature is covered in venomous spikes that causes intense pain when touched, along with swelling, fever and symptoms of shock

Virginia officials have warned residents of 'an outbreak,' following numerous sightings of the most poisonous caterpillar in the US crawling around the state. Called a puss caterpillar, the fury creature is covered in venomous spikes that causes intense pain when touched, along with swelling, fever and symptoms of shock

The puss caterpillar is the larva of the small, harmless southern flannel moth, but before it spreads it wings, the creature is deemed a danger to the public.

The insects can grow from 1.2 inches up to 1.4 inches and their bodies are completely hidden under the thick coating of hair – but they peep their head out to feed.

Virginia Department for Forestry has received numerous reports the caterpillar in a few eastern counties in the state, but has not specified exact locations.

Crystal Spindel Gaston, a resident in Richmond, told The Daily Progress, about her encounter with the puss caterpillar.

The insects can grow from 1.2 inches up to 1.4 inches and their bodies are completely hidden under the thick coating of hair – but they peep their head out to feed

The insects can grow from 1.2 inches up to 1.4 inches and their bodies are completely hidden under the thick coating of hair – but they peep their head out to feed

Eric Day, manager of Virginia Tech's Insect Identification Lab, said the puss is not commonly found in the state, as officials only receive about one or two sightings, but 'seems to be an outbreak year'

Eric Day, manager of Virginia Tech's Insect Identification Lab, said the puss is not commonly found in the state, as officials only

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