Poisonous caterpillar found in Michigan: Here's what you need to know

Posted at 7:50 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 07:50:40-04

(WXYZ) — A poisonous caterpillar was found in Clare County, according to the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce.

The American Dagger caterpillar was spotted during a hike through the trails on Mid Michigan College's campus.

If you ever come across one, do not pick it up – both children and adults can be affected. A burning, itching sensation can form 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 near them.