Moths of North Dakota

Lasiocampidae: Lasiocampinae: Malacosomatini

Malacosoma disstria Hübner 1820

Common name: Forest tent caterpillar.

Hodges #: 7698.

Identification: 12.8 mm, fw pale, crossed by two dark lines, pro-tibia with epiphysis nearly as large as segment.

Similar species: 7702, 7703.

Distribution: central Canada and U. S., more common east of the Great Plains.

Hosts: larvae feed on a wide variety of trees, in the northern Plains preferring basswood and maple, but also poplar, aspen, apple and cherry.


moth image

ND, Richland Co., West I allotment, Sheyenne Natl. grasslands, 28- VI- 1995, Hg/UV lt., coll. G. Fauske.

larvae image

MN, Grant Co., nr Ashby. VI- 2001, pic. Loren Oslie.


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Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
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Fargo, ND 58105

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