White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Orgyia leucostigma)
Pain and itching result from touching the conspicuous White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar.
The White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
spiky; hairy; quill; yellow body; black stripe on back; white hairs; orange head; long brown tail; four white bumps; long white black hairs; stinging; painful; itching; rash; allergic reaction; black antennae; lashes; two orange balls on back.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; 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 White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.