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Yellow-based Tussock Moth (Dasychira basiflava)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellow-based Tussock Moth



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Some are more brown than others, but all Yellow-based Tussock Moths are partial to oak trees.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
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          Genus: Dasychira
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            Species: basiflava
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Dasychira basiflava
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 54mm (1.18" to 2.12")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, yellow, tan, black
Descriptors: patch, lines, flying
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 30mm (1.2in) and 54mm (2.1in)
Lo: 30mm
Md: 42mm
Hi: 54mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Yellow-based Tussock Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Yellow-based Tussock Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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