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Species Dasychira basiflava - Yellow-based Tussock Moth - Hodges#8296

Yellow-based Tussock Moth - Dasychira basiflava Tussock Moth Caterpillar - Dasychira basiflava Possible Tussock Moth? - Dasychira basiflava Fuzzy/hairy caterpillar to ID please! - Dasychira basiflava Dasychira - Dasychira basiflava Dasychira basiflava Yellow-based Tussock Moth caterpillar? - Dasychira basiflava Please identify. Setting on front porch early morning.  - Dasychira basiflava
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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 Orgyiini
Genus Dasychira
Species basiflava (Yellow-based Tussock Moth - Hodges#8296)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dasychira basiflava (Packard, 1864)
* phylogenetic sequence #930148
Wingspan 30-39 mm (male), 42-54 mm (female)
Forewing dark brown, yellowish in basal areas, am. and pm. lines black, sinuous (1).
Eastern North America: Mass. and southern Ontario west to Iowa, Texas, south to South Carolina and perhaps Florida (1).
Woodlands, especially dry areas
June-August, earlier in spring in South. One flight in much of range, but a second is possible in southern areas (2).
Life Cycle
Larva feeds on oaks, also dogwood, blueberry (2).
See Also
Southern Tussock Moth, D. meridionalis, Variable Tussock Moth, D. vagans
Print References
Covell, p. 338, plate 44 #13, #18 (1)
Wagner, p. 444, photos of larva, adult (2)
Ferguson, D. C., 1978. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 22.2: p. 34; pl. 3.16-18, 20-27.(3)
Internet References
Moth Photographer's Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 22.2. Noctuoidea, Lymantriidae
D. C. Ferguson. 1978. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.