Northern Pine Tussock Moth (Dasychira plagiata)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lymantriidae
Genus: Dasychira
Species: plagiata

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Benton, Kentucky

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On Jul 21, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can't find much information about this moth. It seems that the caterpillar feeds on pine forests along the east coast of the US.

My moth has been identified by a etymologist, and it is only the second report of this moth in the state of KY. The only other one was in 1962. a rare bird here indeed.