Moths of North Carolina
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Malacosoma americana (Fabricius, 1793) - Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth


Taxonomy
Superfamily: Bombycoidea Family: LasiocampidaeSubfamily: LasiocampinaeTribe: LasiocampiniP3 Number: 870017.00 MONA Number: 7701.00
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Google, BAMONA                                                                                 
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Larvae ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos, especially where associated with known host plants.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution:
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats:
Larval Host Plants: Larvae feed initially on members of the Rose family, including Apple, Cherry, and Hawthorn; many other species are used secondarily after the primary host have been defoliated (Wagner, 2005
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Rosaceous Thickets
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
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 Photo Gallery for Malacosoma americana - Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-07-06
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2021-06-15
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: tom ward on 2021-06-02
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2021-06-01
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-25
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: David L. Heavner on 2021-05-25
Chatham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-21
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-20
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jennifer Smith on 2021-05-19
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-19
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2021-05-18
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-17
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-16
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-15
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields on 2021-05-13
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-13
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-12
Harnett Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason on 2021-05-11
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-11
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-05-11
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2021-04-30
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel on 2021-04-25
Burke Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2021-04-20
Harnett Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-06-01
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: jim Petranka and Becky Elkin on 2020-05-31
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Lior Carlson on 2020-05-30
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell on 2020-05-25
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2020-05-23
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall on 2020-05-16
Orange Co.
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