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Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Halysidota tessellaris)


Most people handle a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar without issue, showing not all hairy caterpillars sting.


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Adult Form: Banded Tussock Moth
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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Halysidota
Species: tessellaris
The Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar becomes the Banded Tussock Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Pale Tiger Moth Caterpillar. The Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
white; rusty orange; yellow; black; black head; long black lashes; hairy; furry; four black clumps; two white long lashes; two black hairs by tail; black back stripe;.

This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.

Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)



The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America




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