Warning over potentially dangerous caterpillar found in Niagara
A warning has been making the rounds on Facebook centred around what appears to be a harmful caterpillar.
It's regarding the Hickory Tussock Moth, which Brock expert Miriam Richards says she sees quite often here in Niagara, especially around this time of year.
She says it's quite easily identifiable, a shinny looking caterpillar that looks hairy with long white hair and sometimes black spots on their back.
Richards says there are little fish-hook like barbs on their fur that can break off in your skin that have venom in them.
That venom can cause a skin rash similar to poison ivy.
Richards says a good rule of thumb - if a caterpillar is furry, don't pick it up.