This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
West Granby, Connecticut Dahlonega, Georgia Cary, Illinois Cicero, Illinois Millersville, Maryland Abington, Massachusetts North Billerica, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Kalamazoo, Michigan Roseville, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Osseo, Minnesota Saint Cloud, Minnesota Plattsmouth, Nebraska Canterbury, New Hampshire Brookside, New Jersey Hillsborough, New Jersey Buffalo, New York Fairport, New York Barberton, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Zanesville, Ohio Albion, Pennsylvania Allentown, Pennsylvania Leesburg, Virginia
On Sep 2, 2007, JeanieLR from Dahlonega, GA wrote:
This caterpiller was discovered on my new autumn flame maple. I purchased the tree this week at the local nursery, planted it, mulched it, and of course basked in the beauty of the tree. This morning I discovered and removed the caterpiller, only one on it, and put it in a jar with some more maple leaves. Tomorrow I will return it to the wild, but not the maple in my front yard. Who knows, maybe it will be a moth, but then again it may be dinner for a bird. I've enjoyed reading about it and learning.
On Apr 23, 2013, Missiospes from Royal Oak, MI wrote:
WARNING: MAY CAUSE EXTREME ALLERGIC REACTION. While I have only seen a dagger moth a few times, every time I have had a violent allergic reaction. I was the type of kid who played with bugs, I'll be honest, I am the kind of adult who plays with bugs. Caterpillars bring me joy. These caterpillars are very beautiful. I have touched it about 3 times, all as a young child. The nest day I wake up with quarter sized itchy welts all over my body and fever that last for a few days. The welts lasted more than two weeks. The first time I was with my grandmother and the second time I was with a babysitter. It took for my mom to actually see the caterpillar for her to figure out what was causing this strange illness. Because the reaction didn't present until the next day it was hard to put it together.