Malacosoma californicum

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Malacosoma californicum
Western Tent Caterpillars (Malacosoma californicum).jpg
larvae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lasiocampidae
Genus: Malacosoma
Species: M. californicum
Binomial name
Malacosoma californicum
Packard, 1864
Synonyms
  • Clisiocampa californica Packard, [1865]
  • Clisiocampa californica Walker, 1865
  • Bombyx pseudoneustria Boisduval, 1868
  • Clisiocampa thoracica Stretch, 1881
  • Clisiocampa fragilis var. perlutea Neumoegen & Dyar, 1893
  • Clisiocampa ambisimile Dyar, 1893
  • Clisiocampa pluvialis Dyar, 1893
  • Clisiocampa fragilis Stretch, 1881
  • Clisiocampa mus Neumoegen, 1893

The Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) is a moth of the family Lasiocampidae. It is a tent caterpillar. It is found in the western part of the Nearctic ecozone.

The wingspan is about 28 millimeters.

The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, such as oak and poplar.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Malacosoma californicum ambisimile (Dyar, 1893)
  • Malacosoma californicum californicum
  • Malacosoma californicum fragile (Stretch, 1881)
  • Malacosoma californicum lutescens (Neumoegen & Dyar, 1893)
  • Malacosoma californicum pluvialis (Dyar, 1893)
  • Malacosoma californicum recenseo Dyar, 1928