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Poisonous caterpillar found in Michigan

American Dagger caterpillar (Photo courtesy of Facebook/ Clare County Chamber of Commerce)
By WXYZ staff

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Clare County, MI (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 insectidentification.org, 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.

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