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Species Halysidota davisii - Davis' Tussock Moth - Hodges#8205

Tussock moth caterpillar, Halysidota davisii, southeastern Arizona - Halysidota davisii unknown larvae - Halysidota davisii Halysidota davisii 11 day old larvae - Halysidota davisii Halysidota davisii 17 day old larva - Halysidota davisii Halysidota davisii 25 day old larva - Halysidota davisii Halysidota davisii 31 day old larva - Halysidota davisii Found on Mulberry Tree  - Halysidota davisii Davis' Tussock Moth - Halysidota davisii
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Halysidota
Species davisii (Davis' Tussock Moth - Hodges#8205)
Hodges Number
8205
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Halysidota davisii Hy. Edwards, 1874
Halesidota davisii Hy. Edwards, 1874
* phylogenetic sequence #930362
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Dr. Davis (USA).
Size
Wingspan about 45-60 mm.
Forewing length: ♂ 24-29 mm, ♀ 26-32 mm (Watson, 1980).
Identification
Adult - forewing variably whitish to light brown with scattered dark markings along the costa - distinctly different than the complete bands extending across the wing in other species of Halysidota; hindwing similarly colored but with no markings; abdomen yellow to reddish.
Range
Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and northwestern Texas (Watson, 1980).
Season
Adults fly in July and August.
Food
BugGuide records on Emory oak (Quercus emoryi, Fagaceae) and hackberry (Celtis, Ulmaceae).
See Also
Halysidota tessellaris forewing has more distinct and complete bands.
Halysidota schausi occurs in far southern Texas but hasn't been recorded in Arizona or New Mexico.
Halysidota harrisii forewing has a yellowish strip of rectangles running along the costa, and the species has not been recorded in Arizona or New Mexico.
Print References
Edwards, Hy. 1874. Pacific Coast Lepidoptera, No. 7. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 5: 365-366
Watson, A. 1980. A revision of the Halysidota tessellaris species-group (Halysidota sensu stricto) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 40(1): 24