Dangerous Caterpillars Spotted In New York
This summer in Central New York, watch out for these cute fuzzy caterpillars in your backyard. They have been deemed dangerous.
This caterpillar called the white hickory tussock moth caterpillar. In recent years it's been spotted all over Pennsylvania and New York. This one won't kill you, however, it's still dangerous.
According to Pittsburgh Action News 4, the danger comes from its fur:
The white hickory tussock moth caterpillar has been spotted in parts of western Pennsylvania. Its fuzzy black spines contain venom that they use to ward off predators, but it can also irritate human skin.
If you touch the black spines, you could be left with a bad rash and in worse cases, it could affect your vision. It's NOT deadly, but can cause problems. Watch out for these in your backyard, picnics, and camping.