USGS - science for a changing world

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

  Home About NPWRC Our Science Staff Employment Contacts Common Questions About the Site

Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Dasychira vagans [Lymantriidae]

JPG-Dasychira vagans

Females are wingless. The male wingspan is 4.5 cm. Forewing is gray with pale mottling, no white subanal spot. This lymantriid is common and widely distributed in western North America. Moths fly from early to late summer. Caterpillars are generalist feeders on the foliage of flowering trees, particularly oak (Quercus) and maple (Acer).

Similar species: Dasychira grisefacta with darker wings and a white subanal spot on the forewing, caterpillars feed on foliage of species of Pinaceae; species of Gluphisia have banded markings on the forewing and no subanal spot.

Return to Listing of Lymantriidae
Next Species -- Dasychira grisefacta

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Saturday, 02-Feb-2013 05:21:37 EST
Sioux Falls, SD [sdww54]