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Banded tussock moth - Halysidota tessellaris Total length: 20-25mm.  Pale tan forewing with irregular pattern of slightly darker bands. Thorax has blue and yellow dorsal stripes.<br />
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Attracted to a moth light, but like many moths that I&#039;ve spotted this week, they aren&#039;t landing on the sheet. They seem to prefer any other surface! This one was near the roof of my deck.  Once again, please excuse the dirt! This side of my house regularly gets pummeled with dirt from the farm across the road from me and it&#039;s nearly impossible to keep it clean! Banded tussock moth,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,Summer,United States,moth,moth week 2018,tussock moth Click/tap to enlarge

Banded tussock moth - Halysidota tessellaris

Total length: 20-25mm. Pale tan forewing with irregular pattern of slightly darker bands. Thorax has blue and yellow dorsal stripes.

Attracted to a moth light, but like many moths that I've spotted this week, they aren't landing on the sheet. They seem to prefer any other surface! This one was near the roof of my deck. Once again, please excuse the dirt! This side of my house regularly gets pummeled with dirt from the farm across the road from me and it's nearly impossible to keep it clean!

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  1. Exactly my experience. I found almost nothing on the sheet. I did not find that much in general, but almost all that I found was on the surrounding chairs, windows, etc. Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, exactly! Plus, I cleaned my glass deck doors, the molding, etc. at the beginning of moth week in case moths landed there so I could get a clean shot. Instead, most moths seem to pick the dirtiest spots on the house, deck, chairs, etc. Lol, they are giving me a complex. Posted one year ago
      1. Thank you for providing a justification for not cleaning the outside of the house (much). Posted one year ago
        1. Lol ;P Posted one year ago

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''Halysidota tessellaris'', also called the banded tussock moth, tessellated halisidota, and pale tiger moth, is in Erebidae. Like many related species, it has chemical defenses it acquires from its host plants, in this case, alkaloids , at least in adults. Larval brazen behaviours suggest that they are chemically protected; they have not been analyzed for alkaloid content.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jul 25, 2018. Captured Jul 25, 2018 04:42 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm