Forest Tent Caterpillar - (Malacosoma disstria)
Forest Tent Caterpillars sometimes stick together and travel in a 'herd' on tree trunks.
The Forest Tent Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
green; black; blue; white; yellow; red; feathery legs; hairs on bottom; hairy feet; white spots; yellow spots on back; stripes; lines; black head; gray head; yellow side stripe; bowling pin.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Forest Tent Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.