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Banded Tussock Moth, Pale Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris)

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Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Arctiidae (ark-TYE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Halysidota
Species: tessellaris (tess-el-AY-riss) (Info)

Profile:

2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Seymour, Connecticut
Citra, Florida
Rincon, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Oakland, Maryland
Lowell, Massachusetts
Garden City, Michigan
Lexington, Missouri
Saint Ann, Missouri
Hudson, New Hampshire
Bearsville, New York
West Islip, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Missouri City, Texas

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive DiOhio On Jan 26, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:

Host Plants: Alders, ashes, birches, elms, hazelnuts, hickories, oaks, tulip-tree, walnut, willows and other trees and shrubs.

Uncommon in S. Florida and S. Texas

Neutral melody On May 29, 2007, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:

THe caterpillars can do alot of damage to their host plants if present in great numbers. I have never seen enough of these in my area to cause concern.

The caterpillars and moths are present in the eastern and central US from early summer through fall and produce 2 generations a year.

Positive Madilou On Jul 30, 2009, Madilou from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

No positives? C'mon, this caterpillar is majorly cute. The one I found looked like the insect equivalent of an angora cat. There were not hoards of them, just this one, and no discernable damage to plants.

Neutral pyroraptor0001 On Aug 25, 2009, pyroraptor0001 from Seymour, CT wrote:

At DiOhio

I am raising one that the moment and I found it on a Japanese Cherry Tree and thats all I feed it and apparently it loves it because it keeps eating more and more of it.


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