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Despite being annoyed at the terse demanding tone of this query, we are posting a relatively lengthy answer, however our personal reply was equally brief. This is a White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar, originally Hemerocampa leucostigma and now identified as Orgyia leucostigma. It is a pest on most shade and ornamental trees. They can become so numerous that they defoliate trees. Though the caterpillar is quite beautiful, the moth is small and inconspicuous.

3 Responses to White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

  1. Tom DelGiorno says:

    Just came on this web site. I also have this white marked tussock moth caterpillar all over my hop plants. I also am a home brewer. These hops have been here for 5 to 10 years and this is the first year I have seen them and they are very abundant, so I am highly confident they came from some other source as we have an extensive garden. We live in central Michigan 5 miles north of East Lansing in Bath. I wonder what adverse affects they have caused since this post is 2 years old.
    Thanks Tom D.

  2. John Glavin says:

    I have also found this caterpillar in Tullahoma Tennessee, September 6, 2021.

  3. A Demers says:

    I observed this caterpillar in June 2022 in the northwestern suburbs of Atlanta, GA

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