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A tussock moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) with white wings and a tuft of brown hair at the tip of the abdomen, whose caterpillars defoliate shade trees and have irritating hairs that cause a skin rash on contact.
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(Animals) a small brown-and-white European moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea, naturalized in the eastern US where it causes damage to shade trees: family Lymantriidae (or Liparidae). See also tussock moth
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