The Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth thrives in deciduous woodlands where its larvae can enjoy a leafy buffet.
Adult Forest Tent Caterpillar Moths are active from spring through most of summer. It is a golden brown moth, often with a dark brown band running across the middle of its forewings. The wings are slightly flared by the tips when spread flat.
The caterpillar for the Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth is often spotted in large clusters on tree trunks with its kin. It has a varied diet and can be found on deciduous trees in forests, parks, or backyards. Some common hosts are aspen, alder, cherry, birch, basswood, maple, and oak. It uses its caterpillar silk to form mats on bark that it shares with its siblings when resting. Though a congregation of these hungry caterpillars can defoliate a branch, it does not typically kill the tree.
Scientific Name: Malacosoma disstria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 21mm (0.66in to 0.82in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.