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Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

September 16, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9661655

I did a double take with this one! Can you ID this moth photographed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens?

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Minot, ND

September 17, 2013
5:16 AM

Post #9662091

It's a tussock moth in the family Lymantriidae - several species in this group have wingless females -


Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

September 17, 2013
5:41 AM

Post #9662108

Thanks. It is surely the White-marked Tussock Moth, Orgyia leucostigma. The egg mass looks much the same. Also, the Wikipedia entry for this species says the caterpillars are common in late summer in eastern North America. I have seen them a few times and they're very cool looking. Never saw a wingless female adult before... "Curiouser and curiouser!"

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