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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:19AM

Float like a butterfly, sting like burning fire

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By Josh Olive

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Since I was young, I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors in Southwest Florida. In that time, I’ve had painfully close encounters with all sorts of bugs: Scorpions, spiders, wasps, giant water bugs, even biting katydids. But the one that got me the worst was a caterpillar.

Adult io moths (say “eye-oh”) are beautiful, ethereal creatures. Their delicate wings and feathery antennae look very fragile, and they are. After they leave their cocoons, the moths live only a few weeks at best.

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