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White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Orgyia leucostigma)

Pain and itching result from touching the conspicuous White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Orgyia
Species: leucostigma
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.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)

The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America

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