yellow-necked caterpillar

noun

Definition of yellow-necked caterpillar

: a predominantly black gregarious caterpillar with a yellow thorax, yellow longitudinal stripes, and a covering of white hairs down each side that is the larva of a handmaid moth (Datana ministra) and that is often a destructive defoliator of fruit and other deciduous trees and shrubs

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“Yellow-necked caterpillar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yellow-necked%20caterpillar. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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