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GUIDE COUNTY, CHINA - JUNE 7: (CHINA OUT; PHOTOCOME OUT) A nomad displays a worm before it is parasitized by fungus to become the Chinese caterpillar fungus plant at a mountain on June 7, 2005 in Guide County of Qinghai Province, China. Nomads can earn about RMB 2,000 to 5,000 (USD 244 to 609 ) through their work during the fifty-day Chinese caterpillar fungus gathering season. Chinese caterpillar fungus is also called Cordyceps Sinensis Mushroom. The plant multiplies specially by fungus parasiting into some insects larvae, forming hypha and maturing outside the larva. The fungus exists in mountains and meadows with an altitude of 3000 to 5000 metres. Caterpillar fungus is highly valued in Chinese medicine and used in drugs to restore energy, promote longevity and stimulate the immune system, however, because of excessive exploitation, the Chinese caterpillar fungus resource has been destroyed and becomes increasingly rare. The Chinese government has restricted the digging of the fungus. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Just when you thought we’d seen everything 2020 can throw our way – here come the poison caterpillars.

The Virginia Department of Forestry has received multiple reports of the Puss Caterpillar, one of the most venomous caterpillars in the U.S.

Puss Caterpillars have a thick, furry coat that conceals venomous spines.  Their sting is extremely painful and can cause rash, vomiting, swollen glands, and fever.

Puss Caterpillars aren’t typically seen this far north – which researchers say could be due to climate change.

 

What other threats can 2020 throw our way?  Do you have a fear of bugs?