Banded Tussock Moth

Blue & Yellow striped head Tiger Moth?
Hi there!
This poor little girl (I think it’s female because it’s antennae are narrow and not super-feathery) was banging up against my sliding glass door during last night’s rain storm, while all other more sensible moths were hiding out in dry places. Based on your myriad of moth photos I’m thinking it’s some sort of Tiger Moth, is this right? I am in the Chicago area and this is my first sighting of this particular type of moth in the 6 years I’ve lived in Kane County Illinois. I hope 3 pics aren’t too many. She was so pretty I felt I had to capture every angle! 🙂 After taking pics, we let her go this morning.
Michelle Nash

Hi Michelle,
We are very excited to get your Tiger Moth photo. It is the second new Tiger Moth species to arrive today. Your specimen is a Banded Tussock Moth, Halysidota tessellaris. According to BugGuide, it is found east of the Rockies and is often attracted to lights.

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