Florida officials warn to not touch fuzzy caterpillars making annual appearance
The white-marked tussock moth caterpillar can cause skin irritation if touched. - Jason Ondreicka/Dreamstime/TNS

Florida can be dangerous in many ways, but from mid-April to early May, health officials warn people in the state to avoid touching a fuzzy caterpillar. The white-marked tussock moth caterpillar can cause skin irritation if touched. It has been reported to be issues at Florida day-care centers and elementary schools in the state in the past, according to a report from Donald W. Hall and Lyle Buss with the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. Touching the cocoons can cause irritation as well. It’s one of three tussock moth species found in Florida, with the most co...