Halysidota tessellaris – Banded Tussock Moth

Family Erebidae   Hodges # 8203

Caterpillar food: many trees and shrubs – birch, alder, ash, birch, elm, hazel, hickory, oak, poplar, walnut, willow  (Bugguide)

Adults can’t be told from Halysidota harrisii (Sycamore Tussock Moth) except by dissection, but since we’re too far north for Sycamore trees, I’m sure all these are H. tessellaris.

6/27/2018

 

6/13/2016

 

8/12/2009   Caterpillar eating oak leaves

 

8/19/2009

 

9/2/2009

 

9/2/2009

 

9/9/2009

9/9/2009

 

9/27/2009

 

6/17/2010   The cocoon spent the winter in a plastic container in the refrigerator.  I took it outside at the beginning of March, and the moth emerged on June 17, 2010.

 

6/17/2010   The cocoon after the moth had emerged