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rockin’ caterpillars
These little fellows were twitching in their mass cocoon. The picture was taken in early summer. Can you identify them?
Boise, ID

Hi Mike,
These are Tent Caterpillars, probably Eastern Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma americanum. Here is a link with additional information.

What’s this teal caterpiller
I thought I sent this to you back in June but could find no answer. Found in Detroit area in June. Looked everywhere for a picture of it to no avail. Any idea?
Thanks, Chris

Hi Chris,
This is a Forest Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria. Although a gregarious feeder, this caterpillar does not form a tent. It is occasionally a pest, feeding on aspens, gums, maples, oaks, and many other forest and orchard trees. Caterpillar is found April to June. Here is a Florida site with information aplenty.