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Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Halysidota tessellaris Olive-brown caterpillar. They usually have long, black and white setae, but this one seems to have lost its tufts - maybe during an altercation with a predator?<br />
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Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Halysidota tessellaris

Olive-brown caterpillar. They usually have long, black and white setae, but this one seems to have lost its tufts - maybe during an altercation with a predator?

Habitat: Mixed forest

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  1. Well, you seem to nail these tussock moths consistently now, well done! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! This one had me fooled for a minute because it had lost its black and white tufts. Posted 10 months 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 Jan 30, 2019. Captured Sep 27, 2018 11:49 in 3370 VT-30, Dorset, VT 05251, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm