Tussock Tigers and their Kin

of the New England Region 

Family:  Erebidae   

(tigers, tussocks, underwings, fruit piercers, litter moths) 

Subfamily:  Arctiinae   

(tiger moths, wasp moths, and lichen moths)

Tribe: Arctiini   

(tiger moths and the tiger moth tussocks)


Subtribe:  Phaegopterina

(tiger moth tussocks)

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Presented by Sam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab. 

The following resources were used in the creation of these galleries: 

• Samuel Jaffe original photographs and associated Life History Notes.

• David Wagner accounts from "The Caterpillars of Eastern North America"

Moth Photographer's Group range maps


Halysidota tessellaris   

Banded Tussock 


Lophocampa caryae

Hickory Tussock 


Lophocampa maculata

Spotted Tussock 


Euchaetes egle

Milkweed Tussock


Cycnia oregonensis

Spotted Tussock 

Other New England Phaegopterine species not yet represented here

• Halysidota harrisii   (Sycamore Tussock)

• Cycnia collaris  (Unexpected Cycnia)

• Cycnia tenera   (Delicate Cycnia Moth)

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The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

© 2015 CATERPILLAR LAB INC.  With original artwork by Heather Reid and Samuel Jaffe


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