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Tent caterpillars

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Description

Lasiocampidae is a family of moths of various sizes whose colour is generally dark, with stripes in different shades of brown. Some species are shaped like leaves. Their bodies often look too big for their wings. Their proboscis is reduced in size and non-functional.

Caterpillars are very hairy, and the sides of their bodies often have tufts of longer hair.

Life cycle

Eggs are laid on tree branches or leaves. Once they hatch, caterpillars begin eating. They then gather on leaves or buds to create small silk tents that grow larger as the caterpillars develop.

Once they reach maturity, caterpillars leave the nest and find shelter, where they become pupae, protected by a cocoon. Adults emerge later at times that depend on the species.

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