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What Insect Is That?

This critter is raising havock in Pollock Pines since the weekend... they have appeared on houses... with the yellow triangle you would think it would be identifiable...

Identified as....

It's Lophocampa (Halisidota) argentata, family Arctiidae--common name Silver-Spotted Tiger Moth (for the adult; search it on Google Images). Common and occasionally eruptive, as apparently now. Hosts pines, firs, and Doug fir; infrequently destructive; young larvae feed in webs like tent caterpillars, but the large ones are solitary. They are off to find a place to spin a cocoon. Adults in June-July.

Identified As

Lophocampa - Halisidota - argentata
Lophocampa - Halisidota - argentata

Lophocampa - Halisidota - argentata
Lophocampa - Halisidota - argentata
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