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Colony of Caterpillars? - Malacosoma disstria

Colony of Caterpillars? - Malacosoma disstria
Rocky Point, Southeast County, North Carolina, USA
April 20, 2006
I found this "colony" of caterpillars on an oak tree in my yard. What kind are they and why are they all together like this? Any help is appreciated!

Forest Tent Caterpillar
Malacosoma disstria. Wagner has an almost identical image on page 227. "This is a gregarious species that marches in mass but does not spin a tent. By day the caterpillars gather on the trunks of trees in impressive masses of 100 or more individuals, lined up side by side."

Do these little guys happen to turn into moths? If so, where can I find a picture of them?

Just click on the link
When we made the comment above, we made the name of the species into a link to the images.

Sorry bout that. I'm new at a
Sorry bout that. I'm new at all this bug guide stuff. Thanks a bunch!

Nothing to be sorry about
We just got a little sloppy with our comments. Coulda explained it better! Did you find the images of the adult ok? And, of course, welcome to BugGuide. Hope to see more images from you. If you click on your name under your photo or under your comments, you will be taken to your Id page, which you can edit and tell us more about yourself!

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