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    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth - (Malacosoma americanum)

    The popular and furry Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth adult will pick the spot and its larvae will build a fine shelter.

    Staff Writer (6/21/2016): The Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth gets its name based on the behavior of its caterpillars. Together, a cluster of young caterpillars create a "tent" from their silk and use it as a home on the tree or shrub they are feeding off. The yellow and black, meal worm-like caterpillars come and go during the day as they eat, returning at night for protection from the elements and potential predators.

    Females moths lay black egg sacs on twigs, near a leaf bud so the caterpillars can eat the leaves after they hatch as while they grow.

    Adults have dark brown hair and two distinct white lines crossing their wings. Like most moths, they are attracted to lights at night and are nocturnal. They are commonly around roses and fruit trees, like apple, cherry and peach, where they are likely to lay their eggs. Because the caterpillars are feeding off of trees that bear fruit humans like to eat, they may be considered pests.

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    Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
    Scientific Name: Malacosoma americanum

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Lasiocampidae
           Genus: Malacosoma
            Species: americanum

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 41mm (1.18in to 1.61in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; white

    Additional Descriptors: furry, uneven, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado,

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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