Blue/turquiose caterpillar
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
April 17, 2012 11:29 pm
What kind of caterpillar is this? I found him in my backyard a couple of weeks ago crawling on some mulch.
Signature: Suzanne

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Dear Suzanne,
This beautiful caterpillar is a Forest Tent Caterpillar,
Malacosoma disstria.  According to BugGuide, there is:  “One generation per year; larvae spin silken mats on tree trunks and large branches where they congregate to molt or rest from feeding; larvae also deposit silk in strands along which they travel to and from feeding sites; overwinters as larva in masses surrounding tree branches. (Unlike Eastern Tent Caterpillar, this species does not form silken tents.)”

Location: Tennessee

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