They eat a very wide variety of herbaceous plants and grasses, and the leaves of a few trees. Henderson Industrial Park ©Lau SY. Geometer moth caterpillar ©Eddy Lee. Caterpillars were provided with blocks of diet (20 cm 3) positioned mainly near the sides and corners of the cage. You can find them from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean, including southern Canada, in mixed forests or in the shrubby edges where woods meet fields. Owlet Moth (Family Noctuidae) Spirama ... at Chestnut Area ©Eddy Lee. Tussock Moth (Family Lymantriidae) Caterpillars: ©Eddy Lee. Add Comment. Chalciope mygdon at Neo Tiew Lane 2. Woolly caterpillars are the larvae of tiger moths. Turns out that’s the larval form of a hickory tussock moth, I think, whose usual diet is ash, elm, oak, hickory, maple, willow, and other trees. It’s about 6 cm in length. The orange and black woolly bear -- the young of the Isabella tiger moth, Pyrrharctia isabella -- is the most well-known. “On separate occasions, Maryann Vitudio and Amber Lau brought me caterpillars of the Tussock moth (F: Lymantriidae) to observe. Subfamily: Arctiinae. Epidemics of dermatitis from this caterpillar have been reported in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.14-16 Outbreaks of the Douglas-fir tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia pseudotsugata) in the Pacific Northwesthave caused United States, where gypsy moth caterpillars (Lymantria dispar) defoliate large tracts of forest each summer. These are rather common. Woodlands ©Tan KH. ©Lau SY ... Singapore Animals; Labels. Banded tussock moth. They can tolerate the cardiac glycosides within the milkweed plant that are toxic to most other insects as well as certain mammals and birds. Looking like the Teddy Bear of Caterpillars. They feed off the foliage of oak, alder, birch, willow, elm and ash trees. Another late summer to early fall arriving caterpillar, the banded tussock (Halysidota tessellaris), is another hairy caterpillar. They're popularly captured and raised by schoolchildren all over North America. The larvae exhibit variable color patterns, though mostly yellow or white hairy bodies are the most common forms (Photo 2). Milkweed Tussock Moth or Milkweed Tiger Moth Euchaetes egle (Drury, 1773) Family: Erebidae. Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars are responsible for eating all portions of milkweed leaves but the largest veins that contain sticky latex. Subject: Caterpillars Location: On a Chiku (Sapodilla) tree in Singapore. Hickory Tussock Moth or Hickory Tiger Moth Lophocampa caryae Harris, 1841 Identification: Body and wings mouse gray, with collar, forecoxae, and abdomen yellow; rows of black spots on abdomen. Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae) Spotted in Sengkang Town, Singapore. Look for them in deciduous forests that have any of the tree species the caterpillar eats from, or even woodlands that have a mix of trees. White-Marked Tussock Moth are in the tussock moth family Lymantriidae, a cold-tolerant lot populated by a number of black sheep including the gypsy moth. June 16, 2016 11:04 pm Dear Bugman, I found this caterpillar chomping on my Sapodilla leaves this morning. Perhaps because of its varied diet and arrival later in the season, Banded Tussock Moth larvae do not tend to damage their host plants. The problem was that the food plants False Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia) and an unknown were in short supply. Like Monarchs, these caterpillars retain the toxic compounds as adults, and…

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