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Spotted Tussock Moth

Lophocampa maculata

Description:

The Spotted Tussock Moth, Mottled Tiger or Spotted Halisidota (Lophocampa maculata) is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is found across southern Canada, the western parts of the United States, south in Appalachians to South Carolina and Kentucky. The wingspan is 35–45 mm. The moth flies from May to July; the larvae remain from July to September. There is one generation per year. The larvae feed on the leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple and oak. Named "Tussock moth" for the tufts of hair on the caterpillar. According to Wiktionary, a tussock is a tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock.

Habitat:

Forests.

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7 Comments

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

whoa...

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

:-)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Awh, fuzzy!

inaralisa
inaralisa 8 years ago

Nice pic, thanks!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Thanks Carol! Thanks Patty! :D

patty
patty 8 years ago

Amazingly beautiful moth caterpillar and beautiful series too Fyn =)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

Very cool! Great series!

Fyn Kynd
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Fyn Kynd

Maine, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Sep 8, 2012

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