About 2 1/2 inches long, green with moderate hair and red/orange eyes, wandering around under beech trees in the nearby woods. At first, I thought it was a caterpillar being attacked with wasp eggs, but upon looking at the photo, I noticed that what appeared to be “eggs” were actually thick tufts of hair, almost like brushes.(Hardwick NJ)
it is the white-marked tussock moth caterpillar.
Tussock moths are in the Lymantriidae family.
Some folks are allergic to the hairs so be careful around this caterpillar.
The female moths of this insect are wingless and therefore flightless. The males are brownish with distinct markings. To me they are rather interesting fluffy moths. Females lay eggs that overwinter. The caterpillars come out in the spring feeding on a wide range of trees including birch, black locust, cherry , elm, hackberry, hickory, oak, willow and many others.
This is a common caterpillar to see over eastern US to TX and Canada.