Poisonous caterpillar found in Michigan

 American Dagger caterpillar (Acronicta americana) (WILX)
American Dagger caterpillar (Acronicta americana) (WILX) (WILX)
Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 2:56 AM EDT
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Michigan officials are warning the state to be on the lookout for a poisonous caterpillar.

The Clare Area Chamber of Commerce posted an alert about the American dagger caterpillar, after it was spotted during a hike on Mid Michigan College's campus.

POISONOUS CATERPILLAR FOUND IN CLARE COUNTY! This American Dagger caterpillar (Acronicta americana) was spotted during...

Posted by Clare Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, October 7, 2019

If you ever come across one, do not pick it up.

Both children and adults can be affected by them. Symptoms include the following: stinging sensation followed by a burning, itching sensation on the skin which can develop into a rash.

According to

the larvae feed on the leaves of popular neighborhood trees like oak, ash, elm, alder, willow and maple. They may be found on the ground nearby.

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