Western Tussock Moth (Orgyia vetusta)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

La Jolla, California
Summerfield, Florida

Members' Notes:

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On Apr 15, 2011, wildflower55 from Summerfield, FL wrote:

the caterpillar of these moths will strip the leaves off plants in no time! Very damaging to the new growth on my flower bulbs.

Neutral

On Apr 13, 2011, obatalov from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

"Larval food plants include deerweed, buckwheat, snowbrush ceanothus, bitterbrush, willow, serviceberry, wild rose, desert peach and bittercherry."

Adult females are flightless. Larvae come in variety of colors and considered pests by some.

Information from http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/lepidopt/lymantriidae/OrgyiaVet...