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More Western Tent Caterpillar


Western Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma californicum pluviale

Western Tent Caterpillars


So these are Western Tent Caterpillars.  For me, they’re both really cool, and really gross.

So we can see the five caterpillars on the outside of the tent.  That’s what lives inside the tent.  The tent is stuffed with them, just stuffed (look at the image below.)

The caterpillars apparently do this to stay warm and digest food.  The Great Wiki, of course, has an entry about tent caterpillars as a whole here.

Each black line with blue on the side is a western tent caterpillar. The whole tent was stuffed like this.