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Banded Tussock Moth
Banded Tussock Moth

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Photo top © Kim Hosen; suburban backyard, Woodbridge, VA; June 2014

Lower left © Judy Gallagher; Florence, South Carolina; August 2012

Lower center © Judy Gallagher; Julie Metz Wetlands, Woodbridge, Virginia; September 2014

Lower right © Kim Hosen, Veteran's Park, Woodbridge, VA; August 2015

Banded Tussock Moth
Halysidota tessellaris
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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.