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Malacosoma americana (Eastern tent caterpillar)

Synonyms: Clisiocampa decipiens; Clisiocampa frutetorum; Phalaena castrensis

Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) is a species of moth in the family Lasiocampidae, the tent caterpillars or lappet moths. It is univoltine, producing one generation per year. It is a tent caterpillar, a social species that forms communal nests in the branches of trees. It is sometimes confused with the gypsy moth and the fall webworm, and may be erroneously referred to as a bagworm, which is the common name applied to unrelated caterpillars in the family Psychidae. The moths oviposit almost exclusively on trees in the plant family Rosaceae, particularly cherry (Prunus) and apple (Malus). The caterpillars are hairy with areas of blue, white, black and orange. The blue and white colors are structural colors created by the selective filtering of light by microtubules that
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Prey / Diet

Acer rubrum (red maple)[1]
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)[1]
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)[1]
Amelanchier canadensis (Canadian serviceberry)[1]
Arbutus menziesii (Pacific madrone)[1]
Berberis vulgaris (epine-vinette commune)[1]
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)[1]
Betula nigra (river birch)[1]
Betula papyrifera (mountain paper birch)[1]
Betula populifolia (gray birch)[1]
Betula pubescens (downy birch)[1]
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)[1]
Carya illinoiensis (pecan)[1]
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)[1]
Crataegus viridis (desert hawthorn)[2]
Liquidambar styraciflua[3]
Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum)[3]
Prunus persica (peach)[3]
Prunus serotina[2]
Salix fragilis (crack willow)[3]
Salix nigra (black willow)[2]
Ulmus americana (American elm)[2]
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)[2]
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)[2]
Quercus alba (White Oak)[2]
Quercus velutina (Black Oak)[2]


Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)[2]
Agkistrodon contortrix (Southern Copperhead)[2]
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)[2]
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[2]
Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse)[2]
Calosoma scrutator (Fiery searcher)[2]
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)[2]
Cicindela sexguttata (Six-spotted Tiger Beetle)[2]
Cryptotis parva (North American Least Shrew)[2]
Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)[2]
Dolichovespula maculata (baldfaced hornet)[2]
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)[2]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[2]
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)[2]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[2]
Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird)[2]
Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)[2]
Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)[2]
Poecile carolinensis (Carolina Chickadee)[2]
Pterostichus melanarius (Common black ground beetle)[2]
Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)[2]
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)[2]
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch)[2]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[2]
Terrapene carolina (Florida Box Turtle)[2]
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)[2]


Parasite of 
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)[2]
Ampelocissus latifolia (American ivy)[2]
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)[2]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[2]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[2]
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)[2]
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)[2]
Quercus alba (White Oak)[2]
Quercus velutina (Black Oak)[2]


Parasitized by 
Carcelia laxifrons[3]
Chetogena claripennis[3]
Chetogena tachinomoides[3]
Compsilura concinnata (Tachina fly)[3]
Cyzenis albicans[3]
Exorista mella[3]
Goniocera io[3]
Lespesia aletiae[3]
Lespesia archippivora[3]
Lespesia frenchii[3]
Parasetigena silvestris[3]



Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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