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Tent Caterpillars: Are They Dangerous?

A reader recently wrote to us inquiring about the possible health threat that tent caterpillars (sometimes called “tent worms” because, well, caterpillars look like worms) may present to children. The reader is worried that a child’s habit of playing with tent caterpillars (or perhaps just a single tent caterpillar) is dangerous. In this article, we’ll cover the potential dangerous of tent caterpillars, first addressing the topic with regard to humans, and then with regard to animals and plants.