Malacosoma americanum: The Forest Eastern Tent Caterpillar?

Malacosoma americanum: The Forest Eastern Tent Caterpillar?
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Uploaded by Cheryl Beaudoin on 28 Oct 2019 in Hillsborough River State Park

This caterpillar is so pretty in colors. I found this identification, not confirmed. The Forest Tent Caterpillar turns into a moth! Although it does not sting, it can spit toxic "juice." It eats forest trees such as wild cherry and can damage plant and trees severely. It is very common and turns into a pretty brown moth. It needs a large tent to live in with dozens of other caterpillars, therefore; you should not try to raise it yourself into the moth. hope the id is correct!

Tagged: malacosoma americanum forest eastern tent moth butterfly caterpillar blue brown nature insect park hillsborough river state florida

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