Behold the subtle beauty of a Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma disstria) caterpillar, spotted on 24 April 2016 in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. As an adult moth, this species looks relatively plain.
Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth caterpillars look similar to Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americana) caterpillars. As I’m fond of saying, similar is not the same: the “dorsum of each abdominal segment has distinct whitish keyhole or shoeprint-shaped marking” on Forest Tent Caterpillars; Eastern Tent Caterpillars are “distinguished by a solid cream/white line along the dorsum (middle of the back).”
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