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Tricolor Buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
(Family Saturniidae, Order Lepidoptera, Moths)
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Tricolor buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
Note: moth hairs can be irritating to human skin

Taxonomy: Family: Wild Silk Moths (Saturniidae)

Flight: One brood during the spring.

Wing Span: 2-1/8 to 3-1/8 inches; females larger than males.

Adult Food: Adults do not feed.

Caterpillar Food: Mesquite and catclaw acacia are known species, but apparently indigo bush too.

Larvae: Hatch during July. Black in the first instar. Gregarious when young, but wander and become solitary as they age.

Habitat: Mojave Desert Scrub on alluvial fans and along washes.

Range: Deserts of southern California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, and south into Mexico.

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Tricolor Buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
Tricolor Buckmoth in Gold Butte National Monument
Tricolor Buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
Tricolor Buckmoth in Gold Butte National Monument
Tricolor buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)A different instar or a different species? Tricolor buckmoth (Hemileuca tricolor)
A different instar or a different species?

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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