Lophocampa maculata

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Lophocampa maculate
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Lophocampa
Species: L. maculata
Binomial name
Lophocampa maculata
Harris, 1841
Synonyms
  • Halisidota maculata
  • Halesidota fulvoflava Walker, 1855
  • Phegoptera guttifera Herrich-Schäffer, [1855]
  • Halysidota agassizi Packard, 1864
  • Halysidota californica Walker, [1865]
  • Halesidota angulifera Walker, 1866
  • Phoegoptera salicis Boisduval, 1869
  • Halysidota agassizii var. alni H. Edwards, 1877
  • Halysidota maculata var. eureka Dyar, 1904
  • Halisidota maculata texana Rothschild, 1909

The Spotted Tussock Moth, Mottled Tiger or Spotted Halisidota (Lophocampa maculata) is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is found across Canada, the western parts of the United States, south in Appalachians to South Carolina and Kentucky.

The wingspan is 35–45 mm. The moth flies from May to July; the larvae remain from July to September. There is one generation per year.

The larvae feed on the leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple and oak.

Named "Tussock moth" for the tufts of hair on the caterpillar. According to Wiktionary, a tussock is a tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock.[1]

Subspecies[edit]

  • Lophocampa maculata maculata
  • Lophocampa maculata agassizii (Packard, 1864) (California, British Columbia)
  • Lophocampa maculata texana (Rothschild, 1909) (Texas)

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