Child with Blisters and Second Degree Burns on Legs

Child with Blisters and Second Degree Burns on Legs

These picture allege to depict a child with second degree burns on the leg, but I am having a hard time making sense of how it happened. Translating from Brazilian Portuguese, I learned that this happened to the child while in a nursery, and that it was caused by a “lagarta” – and no matter where I looked for a translation, I keep getting told that it means a caterpillar (that hairy creepy crawlies that cuckoos feed on).

How could a caterpillar cause second degree burns, I have no idea, so I’m hoping our Portuguese speaking friends can help us out with possible secondary meanings of the word lagarta, or maybe fill us in on venomous caterpillars that burn your skin on contact?

It happened in Marcelândia – a municipality in the Mato Grosso state, Brazil.

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30 thoughts on “Child with Blisters and Second Degree Burns on Legs”

    1. Lagartas/taturanas are some kind of hairy caterpillar, and there’s lots of variations, some more venomous than others.

      I’m aware of this as far back as I remember, we were told as kids to stay the fuck away from this little fuckers.

      If you want to see more of this, google up “queimadura de lagarta”

    1. truly sad to see children suffer even though there by far tougher than many adults. I would swear there burns, its crazy to see and hear a leaf eater caused so many burn like wounds it blows my mind.

  1. Here is a link to a page of different types of “lagartas” The text is Spanish I think, the photos are awesome. While poking around for info I found an interesting bit about men rubbing the caterpillar on their penis to strategically grow blisters to enhance sex. The original clit massager.
    This is the photo link
    http://hypescience.com/13-lagartas-toxicas-que-voce-nao-deve-tocar/

    This is the link about accidents resulting from exposure.
    http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0365-05962005000700002&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en

    1. Thanks for the links. Nasty little fudgers. The picture link, the first picture is what might be called an Asp in US(?) As a child, I leaned up against one on a tree. Left railroad looking skinned tracks on my shoulder and hurt badly. I was miserable, (8 yr old), no one knew what it was, so, I was left to suffer through it 🙁

    2. Thanks for the links, but ohmygodno.
      Fuck those bitches. Fucking hairy, scary fucks.

      I saw someone else ask, but I’d also like to know if they turn into poisonous butterflies….

  2. In The Netherland we have the Oak Procession Caterpillar.
    They walk from tree to tree, and shed their stinging hairy fillaments, which causes a lot of problems for locals. We burn them with propane torches.

  3. I’ve never seen such burns made by that kind of caterpillars, if anything a big sore rash. Either it was like 10 of them, a mutant subspecies or the caretaker’s cover up for abuse/negligence.

  4. Here in Brazil have a many Catepillar poisonous the Cartepillar(Lagarta),the Mandruva, Cabeludo,Taturana burn in contact with the human skin.the mandruva just touch it to your anticoagulant poison causes headaches , fever and vomiting .If the person is not treated ,it can suffer from massive internal bleeding , kidney failure and hemolysis.i never seen one caterpillar burn this way.looks other type of burn any less one caterpillar…

  5. There are “hairy” caterpillars that have spines or thorns that do the damage. It’s the toxins from the thorns that can kill. Some are very pretty with red and turquoise spots on the back. This baby may have seen a ‘pretty’ worm and tried to pick it up or ?? and got stung causing the burn. Poor baby!

  6. Scientific name-Lonomia Obliqua or Giant Silkworm Moth which is a species of the Saturniid moths most common in southern Brazil. I heard it onlt comes out around 3 months a year. Absolutely beautiful caterpiller but very deadly if several brush up against any part of the human body due to its tiny barb like hairs that inject toxins into whatever it touches. Common for a toddler to want to play with such a magnificent creature.

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