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White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Family Lymantriidae

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White marked tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma)

White marked tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma)

Photo: Forestry Archive, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bugwood.org

About this Caterpillar:

The white-marked tussock moth caterpillar is easy to identify. Note the red head, black back, and yellow stripes down the sides, and you'll be able to recognize this stinging caterpillar. Many tussock moth caterpillars, including this one, are considered tree pests due to their ravenous and undiscriminating taste for woody plants.

Where It's Found:

Forests from southern Canada to Florida and Texas.

What It Eats:

Just about any tree, both deciduous and evergreen.

Group:

Tussock Caterpillars (Family Lymantriidae)

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