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Species Leucoma salicis - Satin Moth - Hodges#8319

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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 Lymantriinae (Tussock Moths)
Tribe Leucomini
Genus Leucoma
Species salicis (Satin Moth - Hodges#8319)
Hodges Number
8319
Size
Larva to 4.5 cm
Identification
Caterpillar: "Dorsum marked with 10-11 white, intersegmental white spots and paired red setal warts on T1-A9", head black, sides blue-gray. (1)

Pupa: shiny dark brown with erect yellow setae (hairs)


Range
Canada and northeastern US. Bugguide reports it from western states and provinces, too.
Introduced from Europe in 1920.
Food
Caterpillars eat aspen, poplar (both Populus spp.) and willow (Salix)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as third instar under bark. Goes through seven instars before pupating in a thin cocoon between leaves or on bark.
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.