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Forest tent caterpillar

Malacosoma disstria

Description:

Caterpillar. Black, with blue stripes down either side and cream or yellow colored dashes down the back.

Notes:

I've been finding these crawling up the stucco and brick next to my front door for the past several days. Not sure what they're doing - maybe looking for a place to spin a cocoon? Moth or butterfly? Not much in my garden for them to have eaten and nothing has been mysteriously disappearing, so no idea where they came from.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Forest Tent Caterpillar? The city is spraying for Gypsy Moths in the area, so it would make sense.
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Forest tent caterpillar
Malacosoma disstria


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1 Comment

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

Removed my suggestion as Eastern Tent Caterpillars have a solid white stripe while Forest Tent Caterpillars have the white spots.

NormaDunphy
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NormaDunphy

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Spotted on Jun 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 7, 2012

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