Some are more brown than others, but all Yellow-based Tussock Moths are partial to oak trees.
As its name suggests, the areas near the body of the Yellow-based Tussock Moth are a shade of yellow. The overall color of the adult is brown. Variation between individuals exists so some may be a dark gray-brown with black markings while others are light brown. All have two thin black lines that cross the forewings. Some individuals have white spots between these black lines. Legs are hairy and antennae are comb-like.
Caterpillars feed on oak leaves. They also eat dogwood and blueberry leaves. Two broods are possible in the warmest part of its range, but one is more common. The Yellow-based Tussock Moth is at home in deciduous woodlands on the eastern half of the continent.
Scientific Name: Dasychira basiflava
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 54mm (1.17in to 2.11in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.