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Genus Coloradia

Large caterpillar found in Idyllwild mountains - Coloradia pandora Catipillar Moth - Coloradia pandora - male surprise! - Coloradia pandora - male Pandora Pine Moth - Coloradia pandora - female Moth - White speckles on darker background, black spot, yellow brown veins, pink on head  - Coloradia pandora Caterpiller, probably Hemileucinae - Coloradia doris Pandora Moth  - Coloradia pandora - female Pandora Moth - Coloradia pandora - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Coloradia
4 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 50-98 mm, based on several Internet photos; male considerably smaller than female, and wingspan varies according to species
western United States
pine forests; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from April to September (varies by species)
larvae feed on leaves of pine (Pinus spp.)
adults do not feed
Internet References
pinned adult images of 3 species plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
links to adult images of 3 species (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
links to species accounts of 4 species (
pinned adult image and species account of C. pandora (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands, USGS)