milkweed tussock moth

(Euchaetes egle)

milkweed tussock moth
  Hodges #

8238

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: 1¼ to 1

Total Length: 5 16 to 11 16

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Fields, edges.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Two flights, May to September. Caterpillars found starting in June.

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Milkweed (Asclepias)

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 21, 24, 29, 30, 75.

 
  8/22/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)  
 

Family

Erebidae  
 

Subfamily

Arctiinae (tiger moths)  
 

Tribe

Arctiini  
  Subtribe Phaegopterina  
 

Genus

Euchaetes  
       
 

In 2011 the family Arctiidae (tiger moths and lichen moths) was transferred to the family Erebidae mostly intact but demoted to a subfamily. The former subfamilies are now tribes, the former tribes now subtribes.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

milkweed caterpillar

milkweed moth

milkweed tiger moth

milkweed tussock caterpillar

milkweed tussock moth

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Molly and Robert Power

 
 

on a hosta

 
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Margot Avey

 
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Gerry Garcia

 
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Maggie

 
 

feeding on milkweed.

 
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Joan Crabtree

 
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Kathleen Riley

 
 

Lots of them in the yard, photos attached of the milkweed.

 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar...

While out on a walk in the Gary Pines just north of Gary, Mn. In one area there were some milkweed plants. I noticed this caterpillar on a dried discolored leaf that was on a live milkweed plant. Interesting caterpillar it was.

The colors of the caterpillar and leaf seemed to compliment each other.

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  Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Erebidae: Euchaetes egle) Feeding
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 28, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (27 August 2010). Go here to learn more about this species: http://bugguide.net/node/view/433

 
  Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Erebidae: Euchaetes egle)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (04 August 2010). Thank you to Larry Clarfeld and John and Jane Balaban for confirming the identify of this specimen!

 
  Euchaetes egle - Milkweed Tussock Moth
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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

These caterpillars of Euchaetes egle, the Milkweed Tussock Moth, chowed down on my milkweed 8/20/06 in NE Connecticut.

 
       

 

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  Alfredo Colon
10/6/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Molly and Robert Power
9/15/2019

Location: Albany MN

on a hosta

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Robert Powell
9/6/2019

Location: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

seen 6 on the trail with pictures

 
  Cathy
9/3/2019

Location: Upton Garden, Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis

Many caterpillars feeding on milkweed. 

 

 
  Margot Avey
8/29/2019

Location: Ramsey, MN

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Laura
8/9/2019

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

on my milkweed plant. Have never seen one before.

 

 
  Gerry Garcia
8/4/2019

Location: Lyndale Park, Minneapolis, MN

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Gail
8/2/2019

Location: So. Minneapolis

caterpillar feeding on our swamp milkweed

 
  Maggie
7/27/2019

Location: Newport MN

feeding on milkweed.

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Joan Crabtree
7/27/2019

Location: Douglas County, MN

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Jeanne Lux
7/31/2019

Location: Dayton Mn

Seems like thousands on my milkweed plants in my gardens in Dayton Mn

 
  Kathleen Riley
7/23/2019

Location: Champlin MN

Lots of them in the yard, photos attached of the milkweed.

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  Andrea E.
8/22/2018

Location: Lake Elmo, MN

Eight caterpillars eating milkweed in our backyard.

 
  Laura I.
8/6/2018

Location: Blaine, MN

Found 2 on a milkweed plant during a hike.

 
  Jean K.
7/29/2018

Location: Champlin, MN, Home on the Mississippi River

A dozen eat milkweed growing under my kitchen window.

 
  Lenise B.
7/23/2018

Location: Plymouth, MN

When looking for monarch caterpillars in my garden, found about 50 of these tussock caterpillars on milkweed. Have stripped several milkweed plants to skeletonized status.

 
  Marie Hlava
7/23/2018

Location: Mazeppa MN

Found two voraciously eating milkweed.

 
  Carol B.
7/10/2018

Location: Minnetonka,MN

Never had seen one before. Was checking common milkweed for Monarch caterpillars. Found 3 on one plant.

 
  Karna Berg
8/30/2017

Location: South St. Paul

I have hundreds on my milkweed in South St. Paul.  Should I kill them?

 
  Stephanie
8/23/2017

Location: Cold Spring, MN.

Have hundreds on my Milk weed. They have eaten my milkweed down to just a branch standing

 
  Tim Fritze
8/5/2017

Location: Faxon Township, Sibley County

Mass of the caterpillars o one milkweed leave. Several leaves already stripped.

 
  Michelle L. Leddon, BSN-RN
7/28/2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Found 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (McCandless Township)

 
  Dan W. Andree
2016

Location: Gary Pines

While out on a walk in the Gary Pines just north of Gary, Mn. In one area there were some milkweed plants. I noticed this caterpillar on a dried discolored leaf that was on a live milkweed plant. Interesting caterpillar it was.

The colors of the caterpillar and leaf seemed to compliment each other.

milkweed tussock moth

 
  Tilton Davis
8/8/2014

Location: Goodhue County, Red Wing, Red Wing High School , MN 55066

Only one seen on milkweeds at school

 
           
 
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