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:

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.