Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Halysidota harrisii)
Though colorful and curious, the pencils and tufts of hairs on the Sycamore Tussock's caterpillar can irritate skin.
The Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
orange head; orange lashes hair; spiky; hairy; furry; striped; hanging; dropping from trees; dancing; painful; irritate; redness; black hair.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; 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; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.