ROCKVILLE, Md. — A 7-year-old Maryland girl was stung by a American dagger moth caterpillar at a Rockville area park last week.
Fox 5 DC reported Eliza Gravely picked up the fuzzy yellow caterpillar with black tufts while she was playing at Cabin John Regional Park.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Over 1.4K New Cases Reported, 11 New Deaths
The caterpillars spikes can be poisonous. Her mother told Fox 5 the girl broke out in hives and she had an itchy rash on her hands.
Earlier this year, Virginia officials warned of another hairy, venomous caterpillar spotted in the area — puss caterpillars. The “hair” are actually venomous spines and they, too, can be found in Maryland.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Most Of The Region Could See Severe Storm Sunday Afternoon
Twitter user Jeffrey Ward posted a video of what the American dagger moth caterpillar looks like.
On the sidewalk in front of my apartment. An American Dagger Moth Caterpillar! 💛 pic.twitter.com/gfpSeSzhSC
— Jeffrey Ward (@JeffreyMWard) July 26, 2019MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.5K New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Down