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Species Halysidota schausi - Schaus' Tussock Moth - Hodges#8205.1

Caterpillar looks like Walrus - Halysidota schausi Caterpilar - Halysidota schausi Halysidota schausi Caterpillar - Halysidota schausi Caterpillar - Halysidota schausi Be-whiskered caterpillar - Halysidota schausi Caterpillar - Halysidota schausi Schaus' Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Halysidota schausi
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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 schausi (Schaus' Tussock Moth - Hodges#8205.1)
Hodges Number
8205.1
Range
Mexico north to US border regions in TX, NM, perhaps AZ; south to at least Ecuador, also Martinique in the Lesser Antilles.
Season
Adults fly mainly in the autumn; caterpillars frequently observed during the summer.
Food
apparently unknown
See Also
Knudson and Bordelon note "A common species in the [Lower Rio Grande] valley and fairly common in southwestern Texas. There are five other similar species that may occur in the area occasionally, but this is the only one we have seen in the valley."
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