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Asp CaterpillarTexas is full of sharp things: cacti, mesquite, porcupines. Even our grass has evolved to poke. Ours is not a land over which to freely run barefoot, and here you must treat every nook, cranny, and woodpile with the assumption that there is a rattlesnake nest inside it (this also applies to pool noodles and toilets). To grow up in Texas is to learn early on that you can’t just go touching things all willy-nilly. If a wild animal lives here, there’s a good chance it can hurt you, even—perhaps especially—if it’s cute. Which is to say that ’round these parts, the cutest caterpillars are sometimes the last caterpillars you want to come in contact with your skin. Perhaps the fuzziest of them all is the…

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