banded tussock moth

(Halysidota tessellaris)

               
Hodges #

8203

banded tussock moth
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant

Flight/Season

Adult: One brood, May to August

Caterpillar: July to October

Habitat

Deciduous woods

Photo by Tom Baker
Size

Adult: 1¾ wingspan

Caterpillar: 1¾ long

 

Identification

This is a medium-sized moth with a wingspan of 1¾.

The forewings are long, slender, and yellowish-white, with four wavy, horizontal bands of beige composed of irregular rectangular blocks edged with fine black lines. The hindwings are unbanded and much smaller. They are mostly translucent white with pale yellow near the base. The body is densely covered with yellow hairs. The thorax has two parallel, turquoise blue lines on the upper side.

The caterpillar is up to 1¾ long. It is densely covered with long, yellowish-brown, tan, or dark gray, hollow, unicellular, hair-like structures (setae). The second and third thoracic segments each have a pair of long, moveable, black inner and white outer tufts (lashes). The lashes of the second thoracic segment project forward beyond the head. The eighth abdominal segment also has a set of lashes.

 
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Species

 


Larval Food

Alder (Alnus spp.), ash (Fraxinus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), elm (Ulmus spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), hazel (Corylus spp.), hickory (Carya spp.), oak (Quercus spp.), poplar (Populus spp.), walnut (Juglans spp.), and willow (Salix spp.).

 
Adult Food

Adults acquire alkaloids from host plants making them unpalatable to predators.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

The caterpillars make little or no effort to hide, and are often seen on upper leaf surfaces and often near their own leaf damage. This suggests that, like the adult, they unpalatable to birds.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)

 

Family:

Arctiidae (tiger moths and lichen moths)

 

Subfamily:

Arctiinae (tiger moths)

 

Tribe:

Phaegopterini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

banded tussock moth

pale tussock moth


 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Seta

A usually rigid bristle- or hair-like structure on butterflies and moths used to sense touch. Plural: setae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  A Caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris)
thedarkone2134
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 2, 2012

I saw this caterpillar while outside. We have lots of these around but I decided to take a video of this one.

After a bit of searching I believe this to be Halysidota tessellaris.

 
     
  Banded Tussock Moth (Erebidae: Halysidota tessellaris) on Leaf
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010

Photographed at the Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota (08 September 2010). Thank you to Carmen Champaqne (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the identity of this specimen!

 
     
  Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar - September 7, 2013
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Sep 11, 2013

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris), Mass Audubon Allens Pond, Westport, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2013, 1:20 PM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_45616; 1:01 min.

 
     
  Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Rieko Saito
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 22, 2013

No description available.

 
     

 

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