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Genus Halysidota

Caterpillar - Halysidota tessellaris Caterpillar: golden with black Spiky Caterpillar - Halysidota tessellaris Banded Tussock Moth? - Halysidota tessellaris Possible American Dagger Moth catepillar - Halysidota tessellaris Probably Sycamore Tussock Moth - Halysidota harrisii Halysidota?  species in the East - Halysidota tessellaris Florida Tussock Moth - Halysidota cinctipes
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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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Halysidota
cinctipes Grote, 1865
davisii Hy. Edwards, 1874
harrisii Walsh, 1864
schausi Rothschild, 1909
tessellaris (J.E. Smith, 1797)
Halysidota tessellaris and harrisii can be determined by brushing the scales off the terminal end of the abdomen.
Identification to species is very complex and for the most part requires dissection. See discussion here.
Print References
Watson, A. 1980. A revision of the Halysidota tessellaris species-group (Halysidota sensu stricto) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 40(1): 1-65