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Florida tussock moth - Halysidota cinctipes

Florida tussock moth - Halysidota cinctipes
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
July 8, 2007
Larvae perch below the leaves.

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Hi Alan
Do you think this is also Florida Tussock Moth? Thanks.

 
Hi Shelby,
There is a good possibility that this is a Florida Tussock, especially as it may be on Trema. I only encountered one brood and do not know how variable the larvae are, if at all. Were you able to collect the larva to raise it? I do not think that Markham Park has a non-collecting policy.

 
Just to add to the mix --
We're thinking this one from south Texas might be H. schausi, but we're waiting to hear from Dr.Rose in Texas.

 
Hi Jane and John,
The best information that I could find about the range of this species is that the northern most records appear to be up to Gainesville, Florida (from Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas, vol 1).

 
Hi all
Here's the host plant. We didn't bring larvae to raise as we're in the Keys and don't like to bring home unknowns from the mainland. Wagner does say that H. tessellaris which he compares to H. cinctipes can have a wide color range.

 
Yes,
I am (almost) positive that this is Florida Trema. Great find. individual in your photograph does appear to be in final instar. Would have been nice is it were raised to an adult for ID confirmation. Great find anyway!

Alan, does cinctipes
make it over to south Texas? What do you think of being a newly moulted cinctipes

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