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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Variable Tussock Moth (Dasychira vagans)


JPG-Photo of Variable Tussock Moth

Coloration highly variable ranging from almost white to dark gray; lateral tussocks often composed almost entirely of white setae. Very similar to yellow-based tussock moth but differing in that lateral tussocks below abdominal spiracles bear 1 to few long, clubshaped dark hairs. Dorsal defensive glands reddish. Food: especially willows and poplars, but also oaks, birches, and other forest trees. Caterpillar: September to June; 1 generation.


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