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Dense cover of hairs over body, midabdominal segments with reddish orange hairs, anterior and posterior segments with black hairs.
Found at lower elevations in woodlands and wet forests; widely distributed in western North America and particularly common west of the Cascade Mountains.
Caterpillars are very common; feed on herbs, such as nettles, during fall and spring; overwintering, with development completing in the spring. Adults are nocturnal; fly in midsummer.