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Hickory Tussock Moth

Moths of Pennsylvania




This week is the Hickory Tussock Moth, or Lophocampa caryae. This is perhaps the most common moth at Ben's house, and on the night we caught this specimen, there were at least 20 more on the sheet.

The Hickory Tussock Moth can be found in the east and west, but not in the midwestern part of its range. It is common wherever it occurs.

The caterpillars feed on ashes, elms, hickories, maples, and oaks. The adult wingspan is from 3.7-5.5 centimeters.