This year tiger moths are the featured insects for National Moth Week in 2017.
Tiger and Tussock moths – Family Erebidae
The tiger moths and tussock are a diverse group and they names are in flux. In the past, the tiger moths belonged to a separate family, the Arctiidae. Now they are grouped with the Tussock moths in the family Erebidae.
The most consistent characteristic of this family is that they hold their hairy front legs outstretched when they are at rest.
Many of the subfamilies have striped or spotted wings.
The caterpillars are hairy or fuzzy.
The banded woolly bear is a tiger moth caterpillar.