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White tussock caterpillar

White tussock caterpillar

Four tufts of hair (which may be white, gray, or yellowish) on the back help identify many types of the tussock caterpillar. They may also have a bright red head, a broad black stripe along the back, yellow stripes on each side, and two red glands near the hairs on the back.

This is a very common caterpillar and can be found in the eastern United States and southern Canada.

The hair on these caterpillars is known to cause allergic reactions.

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Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

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