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These tent caterpillars were about 5-5.5 cm. They were black with a row of 10 white dots down each side. They had clumps of white hair sticking out from various places down the back and lower down on each side. It's really hard to see where the hair is coming from.
These were seen on a cinnamon tree beside our house @09:00 in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.
I found a good web link that shows these, but they don't show them in S. America. https://www.google.com/search?q=forest+t...