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Banded tussock moth - Halysidota tessellaris Total length: ~25 mm. Pale pinkish tan forewing with irregular pattern of slightly darker bands. Thorax has blue and yellow dorsal stripes.<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a light in a semi-rural area, and having a staring contest with my cats. Banded tussock moth,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge

Banded tussock moth - Halysidota tessellaris

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

Habitat: Attracted to a light in a semi-rural area, and having a staring contest with my cats.

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  1. he can haz lamp? Posted 5 months ago
    1. Haha! Give me your lightsssss!

      My cats LOVE my mothing. They are endlessly entertained by the shinies. This moth was taunting Neptune. They were having a staring contest. The moth won.
      Posted 5 months ago
      1. I don't let Charlie outside while I'm mothing (he stands at the screen door and watches me), but he comes out once the sun rises. He was really curious about the bugs and even booped the owlfy with his nose (yesterday)! Posted 5 months ago
        1. Cute! My cats start getting excited around 11pm, especially when they see me with my camera. They know it's time. Posted 5 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 Jul 10, 2019. Captured Jul 8, 2019 22:39 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm