Subject: Caterpillar stripping leaves on apple trees
Geographic location of the bug: N. central NH
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, I found my apple trees being stripped of leaves and these critters seem to be the obvious culprits. Can you identify it for me?
How you want your letter signed: David
This is a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Halysidota tessellaris, and according to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on alder, ash, birch, elm, hazel, hickory, oak, poplar, tulip tree, walnut, willow.” BugGuide does have a posting of an individual found under an apple tree.