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Orgyia antiqua is commonly known as the “Rusty Tussock Moth” or “Vapourer”.  This is a moth in the Lymantriidae family that is native to Europe but is now found throughout North America, Europe and parts of Africa and Asia.

Males of this species are orange/red-brown with a white comma-shaped spot on its wings and fly about during the day and night hunting for the flightless females.  Females are a light grey-brown colour and have no wings.  The female spends her brief life attached to her cocoon.  

Females lay several hundred eggs on the outside of her empty cocoon which remain there over the winter to hatch in the spring.  As you can see below, each egg is rounded with a somewhat flattened top and bottom.  There is a small darker depression on the top side.  The larvae emerge in the late spring and feed until late July or early August.

 

Did you know…

that the hatching larvae feed on new foliage?  Later in the season, they feed on both older and current-year needles of conifers.  Since the adult moths don't feed, they have a very short life.

 

 Rusty Tussock Moth eggs on pine tree bark.

Rusty Tussock Moth Eggs - 1
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Look carefully at images 1 and 2.  Can you see the moth eggs?  The female rusty Tussock Moth is hoping you don't see them either !  The female has secured her eggs in the crevice of a pine tree to protect them from the winter winds.  It looks like she was successful since many eggs are remaining, ready to be hatched.  Photographed in early June in northern Ontario.

When hiking in nature, it's important to keep your eyes open - you never know what you might find!

 

 

 

Orgyia antiqua eggs on pine tree bark.

Rusty Tussock Moth Eggs - 2
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Orgyia antiqua eggs on pine tree bark.

Rusty Tussock Moth Eggs - 3
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Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth eggs.

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Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth eggs.

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Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth eggs.

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Look carefully at the image above (6).  Can you spot a newly hatched caterpillar?  The Tussock Moth caterpillar gets its name from the clumps of hair that run down its sides and back.  Tussock means a small area that is covered with long thick grass. You can see the beginnings of its colouration and hairy covering on this very young specimen.  As it matures, it will turn a bright yellow and have thin tufts along its sides. 

There are many different subspecies of the Tussock Moth.  Each produces very colourful larva.  These insects spend most of their lives in the larva stage and live only a few days as adults.

Did you know....

that the White Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar is poisonous and can cause a severe stinging reaction?  It is a black and white caterpillar.  The Nun Tussock is also black and white, but not as dangerous.

 

Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth eggs on old cocoon.

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Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock or Vapourer Moth eggs on cocoon remnants.

Rusty Tussock Moth Eggs - 8
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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

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