White-marked Tussock Moth Cocoon (Orgyia leucostigma) ♂
in a crevice above my camper door. At a dense mixed forest edge. Easily identified as this species as there are the black-tipped setae which are incorporated into the cocoon!
Check out Christine's photo here to get a look at the "clubbed" black setae (at the anterior and posterior ends of the caterpillar):
I'm assuming this is a male cocoon as there are is no egg mass laid on top of this, but I'm also wondering if this is a female coccoon-and the assassin bug nymphs possibly ate the eggs/frothy mass? There are Reduuvid exuviae all around it!
''Orgyia leucostigma'', the White-marked tussock moth, is a moth in the family Lymantriidae. The caterpillar is very common especially in late summer in eastern North America, as far west as Texas, Colorado, and Alberta.