Banded Tussock Moth Halysidota tessellaris (J.E. Smith, 1797)  Synonyms: Hodges #8203, Pale Tussock Moth.

Description:

According to BugGuide.net, adults in the eastern regions can only be separated from Halysidota harrisii by genitalia dissection. Adults should be posted to the Banded/Sycamore Tussock Moth page.

Relationships:

In Cecil County Josh Emm has documented Banded Tussock caterpillars on American Beech. Other host plants are deciduous tree and shrubs including American Elm, Slippery Elm, Rock Elm, American Basswood, Lowbush Blueberry, American Red Raspberry, Black Cherry, Bristly Locust, Black Locust, Black Oak, Northern Red Oak, Bur Oak, Scarlet Oak, White Oak, Chokecherry, Quaking Aspen, American Sycamore, Hophornbeam, Tulip Poplar, Sweet Gum, Black Walnut, Butternut, American Witch-hazel, Honeylocust, Green Ash, White Ash, Beaked Hazelnut, American Chestnut, Red Hickory, Mockernut Hickory, American Hornbeam, Yellow Birch, Canadian Serviceberry, Mountain Maple, Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, Red Maple, Sycamore Maple, and Box Elder (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 223 records in the project database.

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A Banded/Sycamore Tussock Moth in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/23/2006). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

A Banded/Sycamore Tussock Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/30/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Howard Co., Maryland (8/12/2017). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Howard Co., Maryland (9/1/2013). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/2/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/31/2009). Determined by John and Jane Balaban/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Columbia, Maryland (9/19/2006). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Howard Co., Maryland (9/19/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth larva in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (11/16/2016). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth larva in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/11/2016). Verified by Kyhl Austin/BugGuide. Photo by Pauline Horn. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Howard Co., Maryland (7/29/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/2/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Harford Co., Maryland (9/21/2013). Photo by Bob Hood. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth larva in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/24/2014). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Harford Co., Maryland (9/18/2017). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/3/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/29/2019). Photo by William Blauvelt. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Harford Co., Maryland (9/3/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Howard Co., Maryland (8/18/2018). Determined by John and Jane Balaban/BugGuide. Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/22/2014). Photo by Michael Patterson. (MBP list)

A Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/7/2019). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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