milkweed tussock moth

(Euchaetes egle)

               
Hodges #

8238

milkweed tussock moth
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Two flights, May to September. Caterpillars found starting in June.

Habitat

Fields, edges.

Size

Wingspan: 1¼ to 1

Total Length: 5 16 to 11 16

 

Identification

 

 
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Larval Food

Milkweed (Asclepias)

 
Adult Food

 

 
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Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 21, 24, 29, 30, 75.

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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:

Arctiini

 

Subtribe:

Phaegopterina

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

milkweed caterpillar

milkweed moth

milkweed tiger moth

milkweed tussock caterpillar

milkweed tussock moth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Dan W. Andree


Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar...

While out on a walk in the Gary Pines just north of Gary, Mn. In one area there were some milkweed plants. I noticed this caterpillar on a dried discolored leaf that was on a live milkweed plant. Interesting caterpillar it was.

The colors of the caterpillar and leaf seemed to compliment each other.

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  Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Erebidae: Euchaetes egle) Feeding
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 28, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (27 August 2010). Go here to learn more about this species: http://bugguide.net/node/view/433

 
     
  Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Erebidae: Euchaetes egle)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (04 August 2010). Thank you to Larry Clarfeld and John and Jane Balaban for confirming the identify of this specimen!

 
     
  Euchaetes egle - Milkweed Tussock Moth
WaddellSchool
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

These caterpillars of Euchaetes egle, the Milkweed Tussock Moth, chowed down on my milkweed 8/20/06 in NE Connecticut.

 
     

 

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Andrea E.
8/22/2018

Location: Lake Elmo, MN

Eight caterpillars eating milkweed in our backyard.


Laura I.
8/6/2018

Location: Blaine, MN

Found 2 on a milkweed plant during a hike.


Jean K.
7/29/2018

Location: Champlin, MN, Home on the Mississippi River

A dozen eat milkweed growing under my kitchen window.


Lenise B.
7/23/2018

Location: Plymouth, MN

When looking for monarch caterpillars in my garden, found about 50 of these tussock caterpillars on milkweed. Have stripped several milkweed plants to skeletonized status.


Marie Hlava
7/23/2018

Location: Mazeppa MN

Found two voraciously eating milkweed.


Carol B.
7/10/2018

Location: Minnetonka,MN

Never had seen one before. Was checking common milkweed for Monarch caterpillars. Found 3 on one plant.


Karna Berg
8/30/2017

Location: South St. Paul

I have hundreds on my milkweed in South St. Paul.  Should I kill them?


Stephanie
8/23/2017

Location: Cold Spring, MN.

Have hundreds on my Milk weed. They have eaten my milkweed down to just a branch standing


Tim Fritze
8/5/2017

Location: Faxon Township, Sibley County

Mass of the caterpillars o one milkweed leave. Several leaves already stripped.


Michelle L. Leddon, BSN-RN
7/28/2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Found 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (McCandless Township)


Dan W. Andree
2016

Location: Gary Pines

While out on a walk in the Gary Pines just north of Gary, Mn. In one area there were some milkweed plants. I noticed this caterpillar on a dried discolored leaf that was on a live milkweed plant. Interesting caterpillar it was.

The colors of the caterpillar and leaf seemed to compliment each other.

milkweed tussock moth


Tilton Davis
8/8/2014

Location: Goodhue County, Red Wing, Red Wing High School , MN 55066

Only one seen on milkweeds at school


     
     
 

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