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Tussock Moth - Orgyia detrita - female

Tussock Moth - Orgyia detrita - Female
Gainesville, Florida, USA
After emerging from her cocoon, the wingless female emits pheromones to attract males. Once she has copulated, she lays her eggs on the old cocoon and dies shortly after.

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Live Oak Tussock Moth - Orgyia detrita Tussock Moth - Orgyia detrita - male Tussock Moth - Orgyia detrita - female

This is a Live Oak (or Fir) Tussock Moth
Whitemarked is Orgyia leucostigma. The University of Florida has a good identification guide here.

I'm editing this title
it was filed correctly under O. detrita, but misleadingly labelled White-marked Tussock Moth. If you read the comment on the caterpillar image, which I have now linked to the other two, you'll see I actually made this comment last year. These images were posted in 2004 before we had the linked images option, and never updated.

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