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Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Malacosoma americanum

Notes:

Crawling with others on bark of tree.

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5 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 12 years ago

Thanks!!

abcoblentz
abcoblentz 12 years ago

Thanks for invite, jgorneau. Ditto.

abcoblentz
abcoblentz 13 years ago

rtlawrenceii, I thought this was a gypsy mother caterpillar too at first. We used to have a big infestation in our area of them so it looked familiar. Compare this and the markings and colors to the the Gypsy Moth caterpillar, and they seem very different. I remember seeing these Tent worms (as they're called around here where I live) when I was growing up, making great silky tents where they would all be in one group on our apple trees. The Gypsy Moth caterpillar has distinguished red patches and a large yellow head. Compare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Easter... and http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co... .

rtlawrenceii
rtlawrenceii 13 years ago

R u sure that is not a gypsy moth?

abcoblentz
Spotted by
abcoblentz

Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2011
Submitted on May 29, 2011

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