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Forest tent caterpillar

Malacosoma disstria


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


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.
Forest tent caterpillar
Malacosoma disstria

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1 Comment

CourtneyVerk 8 years ago

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

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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

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