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Species Malacosoma californica - Western Tent Caterpillar - Hodges#7702

Caterpillar Nest - Malacosoma californica Western Tent Caterpillars - Malacosoma californica Malacosoma californicum - Malacosoma californica Possible tent catepillars - Malacosoma californica Malacosoma californicum - Malacosoma californica caterpillar - Malacosoma californica CO Caterpillar - Malacosoma californica Western Tent Caterpillar - Malacosoma californica
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Lasiocampoidea (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Family Lasiocampidae (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Subfamily Lasiocampinae
Tribe Lasiocampini
Genus Malacosoma
Species californica (Western Tent Caterpillar - Hodges#7702)
Hodges Number
7702
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Malacosoma californica (Packard, 1864)
Clisiocampa californica Packard, 1864
* phylogenetic sequence #224100
Numbers
Six species in the genus found in North America north of Mexico and several subspecies have been described.(1)
Size
Forewing length 12-18 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Range
Southeastern Canada to New York and west to the Pacific Coast. More abundant in the West (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Life Cycle
Egg mass on Red Alder (Alnus rubra) stem:
Print References
Franclemont, J. G. 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.: p.78; pl.10.1-32. (2)
Miller, J. C. & P. C. Hammond 2003. Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: caterpillars and adults. FHTET-03-11: 1-323. (3)
Packard, A. S. 1864. Synopsis of Bombycidae of the United States. Proc. Ent. Soc. Philadelphia 3: 386
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p.235, Pl.37.9(1)