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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth - (Malacosoma americanum)


  Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth  
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The perky-yet-interesting Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth is a nocturnal flyer, attracted by lights.



  Basic Characteristics  


Common Name: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth
Scientific Name: Malacosoma americanum
Size / Span:1.1 inches to 1.6 inches (30mm to 41mm)

General Identifiers: hairy, fury, brown, white, black
  Taxonomy Breakdown  


Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
  Class: Insecta
   Order: Lepidoptera
    Family: Lasiocampidae
     Genus: Malacosoma
      Species: americanum
  Territorial Claims (North America)  


Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Indiana; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia

*Please note that the list above is a general indicator of territories inhabited by the Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth. Insects go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes and / or mating habits. If we've missed a territory where you've encountered this insect please let us know at butterflyidentification at gmail.com.