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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. Orange, fuzzy abdomen.<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a black light in a semi-rural area. There were more than 20 of these moths fluttering around my light last night!<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a black light in a semi-rural area. There were more than 20 of these moths fluttering around my light last night!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/81718/banded_tussock_moth_-_halysidota_tessellaris.html Banded tussock moth,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,Summer,United States" /></a></figure> Banded tussock moth,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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. Orange, fuzzy abdomen.

Habitat: Attracted to a black light in a semi-rural area. There were more than 20 of these moths fluttering around my light last night!

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. Orange, fuzzy abdomen.<br />
<br />
Habitat: Attracted to a black light in a semi-rural area. There were more than 20 of these moths fluttering around my light last night!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/81718/banded_tussock_moth_-_halysidota_tessellaris.html Banded tussock moth,Geotagged,Halysidota tessellaris,Summer,United States

    comments (6)

  1. I thought H. tessellaris and H. harrisii were only distinguishable via dissection on the East coast? Posted 4 months ago
    1. Not quite. If you brush the scales off the tip of a male's abdomen, you can differentiate them. Posted 4 months ago
      1. Can you explain this process to me? What would I look for? Posted 4 months ago
        1. Even better...Here are some photos showing what to look for. There may be a way to do it without killing the moth, but sadly I killed one to check it out. Do you have a scope?

          https://bugguide.net/node/view/1626407
          Posted 4 months ago
  2. Excellent shot! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 4 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 12, 2019. Captured Jul 11, 2019 20:51 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm