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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

The Laugher (Charadra deridens)

JPG-Photo of The Laugher

Body pale or black with distinctive vesture of long, silky white setae. Head black with yellow band between eyes (usually) or white with darkened band across the front. Rests in silken nest fashioned between 2 or more leaves. Food: beeches, birches, elms, oaks, and other broadleaf trees. Caterpillar: June to October; 2 or more generations in South, 1 or 2 in North .

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