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About This Insect
Scientific Name: Lophocampa caryaeFood: hickory and other nut trees; ash, elm, oak willow
What does it turn into? See it here
Does it sting? No, although the tufts may cause rashes and irritate mucous membranes.
Will it destroy my garden? No. This species can sometimes defoliate trees, but it's not a major problem.