Sorry, but there are lots of caterpillars that have these defense mechanisms. There is no need to kill them. I don't mean anything negative here, but these are native moths.
Ryan Tomazin - Pittsburgh, PA
From: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Take care
Thanks very much for the warning! I saw one of these yesterday and
wondered what it was, but left it alone. Are these bad guys and should
they be squashed?
On Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:25:27 -0400, DAVID MOSHER <[log in to unmask]>
> Right now there seems to be a lot of white & black fuzzy caterpillars
> there. Do not pick them up. They are the White HIckory Tussock Moth
> caterpillar. They are poisonous, can sting and the resulting rash can
> you to the Doctor’s. Kids are curious and like to pick up fuzzy
> caterpillars. Take care out there.