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Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Halysidota tessellaris

Description:

Family Erebidae, Subfamily Arctiinae, Tribe Arctiini, (Tiger moths) Also known as Pale Tiger Moth. Full length up to 35 mm. Long tuft like hairs, variable coloring from yellowish and orange to dark gray. Extra long "hair pencils" occur at front and rear of caterpillar. Black head. Feeds on variety of bushes and trees such as grape, willow, ash, blueberry and walnut.

Habitat:

Open woodlands, lawn/woodlands edge.

Notes:

No serious damage is reported for these late summer feeders.

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12 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wonderful!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Thanks everyone! Time for a haircut. LOL

Austin Jacobs
Austin Jacobs 9 years ago

That is some crazy facial hair. Great photo.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Wow!!!!!!!!!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

This is too hairy..! The first snap is just great..:-)

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

Great spotting :)

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 9 years ago

I could just look at this little guy all day Carol. He's one my favourites of all your wonderful spottings :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Awesome! Currently raising one of these right now! :D

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Oh, so that is his name from ZZ top. LOL!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

"Sharp dressed man"

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Hahaha!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

BILLY GIBBONS !!!

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Aug 31, 2012

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