5 days later

Remember that allergic reaction I had to Acronicta impleta?
I still have a red bumpy rash. I mostly don’t notice it, but once in a while it gets really itchy. Benadryl cream helps temporarily, but has not cured it.

I can’t wait to test out some of my other species next summer.


Posted on October 3, 2011, in Acronicta, Acronictinae, Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Noctuidae. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. WOW!! Who would have thought? I’m glad I only photographed the one I found in my rock garden and didn’t handle it! I try not to disturb them if I don’t have to.

    • The caterpillars in this genus supposedly aren’t chemically protected – so I’m not sure if it’s purely my own allergic reaction, or what. I do know that just touching them with your fingers is fine, it’s only sensitive skin that would be susceptible.

      And as of one week later, still a rash!

  2. Here in Sicily we have Acronicta rumicis, but its hairs doesn’t seem urticating (at least to my skin!).

  3. Lemuel Marasigan

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