This summer, Texas is on schedule for an unusual little visitor to arrive - the puss caterpillar. Now before you start imagining a cute, fluffy creature, let me tell you, this guy is anything but harmless. It's one of the most venomous caterpillars in the United States.

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I was doing some research on this creepy crawly when I saw an article from Spectrum News. After reading it, I can certainly believe it. Some call it the most painful caterpillar in Texas. But not to worry, I'm here to break it down for you so you know exactly what to look out for.

LOOK: AVOID THIS PAINFUL CREEPY CRAWLY COMING TO TEXAS THIS SUMMER

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The puss caterpillar might look soft and cuddly, with its thick, fur-like covering, but don't let its appearance trick you. Hidden beneath its exterior are venomous spines that can cause severe reactions in people. Think of it like this: you're enjoying a great day outside when you accidentally brush against one of these critters and bam! You're struck with a pain that some have compared to a bee sting, only much worse, causing swelling, nausea, and even difficulty breathing in some cases. Now that's no joke.

So, why is the puss caterpillar heading to Texas? Well, like a lot of us, it's looking for a warm place to hang out during the summer. Texas, with its lush vegetation, is the perfect vacation spot for these guys. If you see a caterpillar that looks like a tiny, walking toupee, steer clear.

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I'm all about being in the know. Educating yourself is the best way to avoid unwanted encounters. Make sure to keep an eye out and give these critters their space so we all can enjoy a safe and wonderful summer.

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