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Photo © jawinget, all rights reserved
6207 Brian Lane Waterloo, IL (Google, OSM)
38.3044231348, -90.2520556541
Accuracy: 69m
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Found munching on my red leaf lettuce.

Apr. 25, 2012 19:14:09 -0500
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Posted by jawinget about 2 years ago (Flag)
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forest tent caterpillar moth - Photo (c) Anita, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
muir's ID: forest tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma disstria)
Posted by muir about 2 years ago (Flag)
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I was trying to distinguish M. disstria vs M. americanum last week. Good to see a M. disstria example. From BugGuide: "larva of Forest Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) has a broken dorsal line forming keyhole or footprint shapes along its back, and generally more blue on its body, including the face. Larvae form silken mats where they congregate, not tents."

Posted by muir about 2 years ago (Flag)
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I have pics of both from the last few weeks...I feel pretty confident that the ID is correct...though, BAMONA has a pic that looks like this guy labeled M. americanum...the description and pics of the two in the book "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" is what I based my ID on. I submitted these pics for ID on BAMONA...(I just checked the site) and they were verified as such by Roger Downer. My eastern sighting was on the 12th if you want to compare the two from the same location.

Posted by jawinget about 2 years ago (Flag)
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forest tent caterpillar moth - Photo (c) Anita, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Community ID: forest tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma disstria)
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