Michigan officials warn of poisonous caterpillar: What to know


Michigan officials are warning residents to keep an eye out for a poisonous caterpillar.

The Clare Area Chamber of Commerce posted an alert about the American dagger caterpillar, the caterpillar of the American dagger moth.

"This American Dagger caterpillar (Acronicta americana) was spotted during a hike through the beautiful trails on Mid Michigan College's campus. These cute caterpillars may seem harmless, but they are indeed poisonous.

DO NOT PICK THEM 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."

Many residents have reported seeing the caterpillar in Southeast Michigan and around the state.

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