Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Halysidota tessellaris)
Most people handle a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar without issue, showing not all hairy caterpillars sting.
The Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar becomes the Banded Tussock Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Pale Tiger Moth Caterpillar.
The Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
white; rusty orange; yellow; black; black head; long black lashes; hairy; furry; four black clumps; two white long lashes; two black hairs by tail; black back stripe;.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.