Tussock Moth Caterpillars

Long Hairs on the Hill

Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae)
Gypsy Moth Caterpillar (Lymantria dispar)
Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris)
White-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma)

Tussock moths Caterpillars are all members of the insect family  Lymantriidae . The common name is derived from the hair tufts, or tussocks, found on most larval forms. The large larvae, or caterpillars, are hairy with many species having stinging hairs. Most feed on foliage of trees and shrubs. Some Lymantriidae caterpillars, such as the Gypsy Moth, are considered major forest pests. There are about 350 known genera and over 2,500 known species of Tussock Moths found all over the world, in every continent except Antarctica.

Notable Tussock Moth Species and Genera