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Rusty Tussock Moth

Orgyia antiqua


A profusion of eggs located on the bud of a Maple tree. White with darker middle eggs are clustered in rows. The average female moth will lay 100 to 200 eggs in its brief lifetime.


Eggs on the tips of tree buds.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Agreed. Orgyia leucostigma is a similar species, but the eggs are more foamy-looking. You're welcome :)

doreen.chambers.14 4 years ago

Orgyia antiqua, Rusty Tussock Moth. Pretty sure of this ID. thank you.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Cool spotting! Looks like the eggs were laid by a flightless female moth after emerging from her cocoon and mating. The eggs are laid right on the cocoon. Are you sure of the ID? I don't know much about Datana ranaeceps, but to me, this resembles Orgyia sp.

maplemoth662 4 years ago

Four, very beautiful, and very interesting photos....beautiful, Moth eggs....

Vermont, USA

Spotted on Mar 23, 2018
Submitted on Mar 23, 2018

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