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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Apatelodid Moths (Family Apatelodidae)


This small tropical family has only 5 species in North America, 2 of which are widely distributed in the East. The caterpillars are densely hairy, with long prolegs that extend laterally. Eastern species bear middorsal tufts, which are absent in tent caterpillars. The crochets are of 2 alternating lengths (most hairy caterpillars have crochets of a single length or with smaller crochets found only at either end of a series).


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Spotted Apatelodes

(Apatelodes torrefacta)

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