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Banded Tussock Moth Larva

Halysidota tessellaris


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.

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Wonderful! Please also add this to my mission, "Moths of the World:"

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 41.90, Long: -78.65

Spotted on Sep 8, 2013
Submitted on Sep 8, 2013

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