Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1058868

Douglas Fir Tussock Moth
Orgyia pseudotsugata

Observation date: August 03, 2015
Date notes: These have been in my yard for the past month and are multiplying. They are making cocoons all over my house. There are 100 or 200+ under my awnings and all on
Submitted by: Shirleycolvard
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: No host plant. They are everywhere!
Status: Resident
Verified by: A_baldini
Verified date: January 06, 2019
Coordinator notes: This caterpillar is Orgyia pseudotsugata, which has brown or golden tipped dorsal tufts. It is a pine forest defoliator (ie. pest) that has periodic outbreaks, including a major one in Colorado in 2015 (I saw them all over the Meadows Group campground around this same date). Your yard probably has ponderosa or fir tree(s), their host plant.
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, El Paso County