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Species Orgyia detrita - Fir Tussock Moth - Hodges#8313

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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 Orgyiini
Genus Orgyia
Species detrita (Fir Tussock Moth - Hodges#8313)
Hodges Number
8313
Other Common Names
Live Oak Tussock Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orgyia detrita Guérin-Meneville, 1832
Orgyia inornata Beutenmueller 1890
Orgyia kendalli Riotte 1972
Identification


Caterpillar: "The sides of the body are gray and supraspiracular warts are orange; the black middorsal stripe is flanked by yellow spots on A4-A7" - Wagner, p.450 (1).
"Unique to this species are the orange-colored spots along the back and sides." - University of Florida site.
There is a darker form of the caterpillar that is more distinctive - light forms may resemble Orgyia leucostigma.
Range
Atlantic coast from Long Island to FL and west to Texas. More common than O. leucostigma in FL.
Life Cycle
Larva, cocoon, pupa, mating adults:
Remarks
The hairs of the caterpillar may cause irritation to sensitive skin if you handle them, though they are not among the stinging caterpillars.
See Also
Whitemarked Tussock Moth, Orgyia leucostigma. Its caterpillar is very similar but lacks orange warts along sides.
Print References
Wagner, Caterpillars of Eastern North America p.450 (1).
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Tussock Moths of Florida - all stages of the life cycle are illustrated
University of Florida images - two versions of the caterpillar