any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of orchard and shade trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web.
the North American larva of M. disstria (forest tent caterpillar) which spins a dense net.
tent caterpillar
the larva of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, esp Malacosoma americana of North America, which build communal webs in trees


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