In the rainforests of southern Brazil lurks the Lonomia caterpillar — nicknamed the “lazy clown” of the insect world.
Unfortunately, much like “The Joker” from the Batman series, there’s nothing funny about this caterpillar. Simply brushing your hand against the spiny barbs of these hard-to-spot creatures can result in massive internal hemorrhaging, renal failure, and hemolysis. In other words, touching it sucks — but touching several at once (as is common) equals certain death.
Worse, the caterpillar is considered “cryptic” and easily blends in with the bark of common trees. So even if you’re trying to look for it you may not even see it (or a group) until it’s too late.