LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -- If the summertime has you spending more time outdoors, heed this warning: there is a common caterpillar crawling around vegetation with a powerful sting.
Brian Hirsch Sr. has become very familiar with the green, creepy, crawly critters known as "io moth caterpillars."
"It hurt bad," said Hirsch, "it wasn't just like a bee sting. It was excruciating."
That excruciating pain was from just one of the caterpillars, camouflaged in the branches of Hirsch's crape myrtle.
"They blend in perfectly with the leaves, plus they kind of sneak along the branch," he said.