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Caterpillar (Tent)

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Malacosoma americanum
Caterpillar (Tent)


They are found throughout the eastern U.S. west to the Rocky Mountains and in southern Canada.


They live in forests, fruit orchards, and yards.

Body Traits

Adult moths are brown with white stripes on front wings.


Caterpillars swarm in thick webs in tree branches in the spring. They can hurt fruit trees.


They eat leaves, often on cherry and apple trees.

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Females lay eggs on leaves that hatching caterpillars will eat.

Caterpillar (Tent)

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