The Tussock Moths Insect Lymantria monacha, the black arches, is common across most of northern and central Europe and is found in parts of Asia and Japan. Wingspan 1.4-2.2 inches (3.5-5.5 cm).
Tussock Moths Insect Facts:
Common name: Tussock moths
Number of species: About 25,00 (32 u.s.)
Wingspan: From about 0.8 in (20 mm) to about 2.8 in (7 cm)
Key features: Adults stout and hairy; wings mostly brownish or grayish; usually drab, but some tropical species brightly colored; some females have only stublike wings; wings generally held tentlike over the back; proboscis reduced in size or absent; antennae conspicuous and doubly pectinate in both male and female, but more so in male females larger than males; females of some species wingless (sometimes without legs as well) or with poorly developed wings and unable to fly, caterpillars often brightly colored and generally hairy, causing a severe itching rash in humans
Habits: Adults short-lived; nocturnal, hiding away during the day and seldom seen; caterpillars mostly found singly on leaves of food plant
Breeding: Eggs usually deposited in dense masses, often covered with tufts of hair from the female’s abdomen, pupa formed within loose cocoon of silk, often incorporating larval hairs be major pests
Habitat: Mainly in woodland and forest; some species common in gardens
Distribution: Worldwide; commonest in tropical regions of the world.
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