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Can I safely handle this caterpillar?

I just found this caterpillar in my garden. I’m about to mow the grass for the first time. Can I safely handle it? What type of caterpillar is it?

For reference, I’m in Leeds, UK. Here are some pictures:

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It’s about 5cm long and 1cm wide. Thanks

Biology Asked by Fogmeister on December 28, 2020

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After a bit of Googling I think I found it. It’s a pale tussock moth caterpillar. https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/pale-tussock

It says it irritates the skin and can cause a nasty rash so I’m staying away for now.

I might risk moving it with a trowel and small tub though.

Correct answer by Fogmeister on December 28, 2020

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