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White Flannel Moth

Megalopyge crispata

Habitat:

Found on my car under oak trees.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Annie T
Annie T 10 years ago
Dogbane Tiger Moth
white flannel moth
Megalopyge crispata


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14 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

I was searching for the caterpillar and I should have looked for the moth, I guess...I spent quite a while trying to find it. I came up with similar species but it was never just right.

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

Thank YOU; that was a fun search. The fuzzy ones are pretty difficult--you never know if one's just having a 'bad hair' day. I saw so many that were so, so similar.

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

I think you got it auntnance! Thanks everyone for the help.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Love the fuzzy caterpillars! Great find and pic.

Claudia Nix
Claudia Nix 10 years ago

I took a pic of one of these a few weeks ago but I wasn't sure if it was really just a dandelion that had gone to seed! :) Cool capture...he's actually rather cute.

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

or, since it was found under oaks, it could be the laugher moth, charadra deridens

NicoleB
NicoleB 10 years ago

That's a beautiful fella! (whatever he might be)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

It could be an Actiidae caterpillar, but is really really hard to be sure with inmature lepidopterans. It's usually necessary to watch the crochets ("legs") on the stereoscope.

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

auntnance...look how long those hairs are. I did submit it to Bugscope but no ID as of yet.

p.young713
p.young713 10 years ago

Interesting! It looks like it has eyes!

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

Possibly virginian tiger moth or similar?

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

Thanks Nicholas & Alice. Funny, Nicholas....it is rather Don Kingish!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Wow, you came up with a doozy. I am glad you were careful about touching it.

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 10 years ago

Wow! Looks like it tried to mimic Don King or is it vice-versa??
Gorgeous!

ceherzog
Spotted by
ceherzog

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2011
Submitted on Jul 18, 2011

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