Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 549500

Definite Tussock Moth
Orgyia definita

Observation date: July 30, 2011
Date notes: July 29, 30 or 31, 2011
Submitted by: outlaw
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Host plant not known. It was brought home in an insect carrier with leaves pulled from a tree. Today (Aug 1, 2011), it had been covered by it's 'webbing'. In moving the stick for the pictures, I noticed the webbing being very rigid and fairly sticky. I did not pull the twig away for fear of damaging the webbing or or injuring the caterpillar.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: January 16, 2022
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Wisconsin, Ozaukee County