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Banded Tussock Moth

Halysidota tessellaris

Description:

Halysidota tessellaris, the Banded Tussock Moth, Tessellated halisidota, or Pale Tiger Moth, is a moth in the family Arctiidae. Like most species in this family, it has chemical defenses it acquires from its host plants, in this case, alkaloids (Weller et al., 1999, Hristov and Conner 2005), at least in the adult. The brazen behaviour of the larvae also suggests chemical protection in this stage, although they have not been analyzed for alkaloid content.

Habitat:

Forests.

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Fyn Kynd
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Fyn Kynd

Maine, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 11, 2012

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