Tent Moth or Tent Caterpillar
( Lasiocampidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Lasiocampidae
(Harris ,1841 )
Common Name:Tent Moth or Tent Caterpillar
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Lasiocampidae
Taxon Code:LEP01562
ITIS/TSN:117541

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Early Drive, Early Dr, Early Drive, Felton
County:Santa Cruz County
ECI Site#:CA44150000

RECOGNITION
Description
Females are generally larger and slower than the males, but the sexes otherwise resemble each other. Moths are typically brown or grey, with hairy legs and bodies. As adults, the moths in this family are large-bodied with broad wings and may still have the characteristic elongated mouth parts, or have reduced mouthparts and not feed as adults. They are either diurnal or nocturnal. Caterpillars of this family are large in size and are most often hairy, especially on their sides. Most have skin flaps on their prolegs and a pair of dorsal glands on their abdomens.
Diversity
More than 150 genera and 2,00 species occur worldwide.

BIOLOGY
Food
They feed on leaves of many different trees and shrubs, and often use these same plants to camouflage their cocoons. Some species are called tent caterpillars due to their habit of living together in nests spun of silk.
Diversity
More than 150 genera and 2,00 species occur worldwide.
Development
Females lay a large number of eggs which are flat in appearance and either smooth or slightly pitted. In tent caterpillars, the eggs are deposited in masses and covered with a material that hardens in air.

CREDITS
Photographer
Dennis Baumsteiger
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Family Lasiocampidae - Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/178). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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