Animal news of the not-so-good kind

Poisonous caterpillars. In Maine. Ugh.

Be warned:

While parts of the country deal with swarms of cicadas this summer, Maine is struggling with an infestation of an invasive species of caterpillar with poisonous hairs that can cause people to develop painful rashes and even breathing problems.

The caterpillars, known as browntail moths, are about 1.5 inches long and have white dashes down their sides and two red dots on their backs.

Sorry, no, I don’t care how pretty and colorful you are, guys. I have a chronic bronchial condition and I am getting nowhere near you.

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