Caterpillars are covered in long yellowish-white hairs. At the head are a pair of extra long black bristles and two sets of white bristles. The rear also has a pair of long black bristles.They feed off the foliage of oak, alder, birch, willow, elm and ash trees. Perhaps because of its varied diet and arrival later in the season, Banded Tussock Moth larvae do not tend to damage their host plants.
Look for them in deciduous forests that have any of the tree species the caterpillar eats from, or even woodlands that have a mix of trees. Adults are on the wing from late spring into the fall.