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Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Lophocampa caryae


Very small caterpillar with black head and black and white body. The larva, a caterpillar, is completely covered in long, hairlike setae arranged in spreading tufts. Most are white, but there are black tufts along the middle of the back, and four long black hair pencils, two near the front, and two near the back. These hairs cause itchy rashes in some people.[2] They are microscopically barbed and may cause serious medical complications if they are transferred from the hands to the eyes.[3] There are black spots along the sides, and the head capsule is black.


Bacyard of home very near a deciduous forest and man-made lake. Pyamtuning Lake, Andover OH, Ashtabula County, USA.

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Jul 31, 2013

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