Banded Tussock Moth
Subfamily: Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Wingspan: 1¾ inch
Habitat: Deciduous woods, adults are attracted to light.
Flight period: May to August
Caterpillar host plants: alder, ash, birch, elm, hazel, hickory, oak, poplar, tulip tree, walnut, willow.
This common moth is said to be indistiguishable from the Sycamore Tussock Moth, Halysidota harrisii, without disection. The moth in this photo was seen in an area with no Sycamores but many host plants of the Banded Tussock Moth.