New York Natural Heritage Program
Pine Tussock Moth
Dasychira pinicola (Dyar, 1911)
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
This species can be identified from a specimen or a good image. Moths are dark gray-brown with thin black lines on the veins. The larvae are gray-brown as well with four tufts of grayish hairs on the back.

Diet [-]
The larvae of this species feed exclusively on pine foliage.
Pine Tussock Moth Images
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The Best Time to See
The adult moths of this species are active throughout the summer in pitch pine woodlands and barrens.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find Pine Tussock Moth present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.