Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1229606

Rusty Tussock Moth
Orgyia antiqua

Observation date: August 25, 2019
Submitted by: Alicia406
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: oUp Hyalite Canyon outside of Bozeman, Montana. We were picking Huckleberries (plant/berry seen in picture) and I spotted it on a leaf. The berries were growing on a North facing hillside under a stand of lodgepole pine trees. I saw another one later in the day, although the white spots on its back (which I now believe to be groups of hair?) were separated so it looked like it had 6 "pods" (I called them pods prior to learning they may be stinging hairs) on its back instead of just 3 as the one in this photo.
Status: Unknown
Verified by: J_Martineau
Verified date: August 29, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Montana, Gallatin County