forest tent caterpillar

noun

Definition of forest tent caterpillar 

: a moth (Malacosoma disstria of the family Lasiocampidae) whose orange-marked larva is a tent caterpillar and a serious defoliator of deciduous trees

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Vermont has suffered its own peckish pest — the forest tent caterpillar, said Michael Snyder, commissioner of Vermont's forests, parks and recreation. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "A Stellar Fall Foliage Season Is On The Way," 31 Aug. 2017

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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