Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Forest Tent Catepillar

Malacosoma disstria


Native insect. Just over 2 inches long. They are black, dark brown or gray with blue & faint yellow longitudinal stripes. Each abdominal segment has a white spot which is covered with fur-like long setae.


Found in hardwood forests throughout North America. Life stages: larva-caterpillar, pupa-cocoon, adult-moth, egg. Host trees: aspen, oak, birch, elm, sugar maple, basswoods Not hosts: conifers, red maple


Spotted near South Tamarac Lake on north Cotton Lake road. Tends to occur at 10 year intervals. Outbreaks typically last 3 years. Caterpillars are active for 5-6 weeks. They congregate in clumps not tents.

No species ID suggestions

1 Comment

maplemoth662 7 months ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

Minnesota, USA

Lat: 46.96, Long: -95.63

Spotted on Jun 1, 2016
Submitted on Jun 6, 2016

Related spottings

Tent Caterpillars Tent Caterpillar Lackey Moth Eastern tent caterpillar

Nearby spottings

Bastard Toadflax Red Clover Red Baneberry Wild Sarsaparilla