Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Rusty Tussock Moth
Orgyia antiqua (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Lymantriinae
Identification: Females are wingless. The male wingspan is 3.0 cm. Forewing is red-brown with a large white subanal spot in the postmedian area, hindwing red-orange to orange-brown.
Wing Span: 2.5-3.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: Moths fly from late summer to fall
Caterpillar Hosts: Caterpillars are generalist feeders on the foliage of flowering trees in the Rosaceae, Fagaceae, Ericaceae, and Salicaceae.
Adult Food:
Range: Native to Europe but now found throughout North America, Europe, and parts of Africa and Asia
Management Needs: