Definite Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Orgyia definita)
Irritation and pain can result from handing the yellow and hairy Definite Tussock Caterpillar.
The Definite Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
yellow; hairy; black body; yellow cocoon; four yellow bumps; black lashes; brown 'tail'; yellow head.
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; Manitoba; 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 Definite Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.