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Species Prolimacodes badia - Skiff Moth - Hodges#4671

Skiff Moth Caterpillar - Prolimacodes badia Is This An Egg Case? - Prolimacodes badia Prolimacodes badia (Hübner) - Prolimacodes badia Prolimacodes Cat - Prolimacodes badia Skiff moth - Prolimacodes badia Parasitized Skiff Moth Cat - Prolimacodes badia Can anyone help me figure out what this is? - Prolimacodes badia Is this a Species Lithacodes fasciola - Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth - Hodges#4665 ? - Prolimacodes badia
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Limacodidae (Slug Caterpillar Moths)
Genus Prolimacodes
Species badia (Skiff Moth - Hodges#4671)
Hodges Number
4671
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Prolimacodes badia (Hübner, 1822). Synyonyms, etc.:
publication year sometimes listed as 1835
Explanation of Names
badia - from the Latin "badius" (reddish-brown or bay-colored); probably refers to the color of the patches on the forewing
Skiff - perhaps from the resemblance of the caterpillar to one of those small boats
Numbers
Common; sometimes abundant in Florida (1)
Size
wingspan 24-35 mm (1)
larva length 12-15 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing pale brown tinted with white at base; dark brown strip along costa near base widens to form semicircular patch covering most of forewing, narrowing to costa at apex; patch has blackish reniform dot, and lower edge bordered with white; hindwing brown (1)

Larva: body smooth, strongly humped dorsally, highest at fourth abdominal segment; dorsum highly variable from brown to green; posterior drawn out to point; sides green, occasionally marked with white spots that resemble damaged or necrotic leaf tissue
[adapted from description at Caterpillars of Eastern Forests]
Range
New Hampshire to Florida, west to southern Ontario, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi (1)
Habitat
woodlands; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
Larvae from July to October
Adults from May to September (1)
Food
larvae feed on leaves of wide variety of trees and shrubs, including birch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), oak, poplar, Sweetgale (Myrica gale), willow, and others
Life Cycle
one generation per year in the north; overwinters as a pupa
Print References
Arnett, page 700, figure 27.78 (2)
Baker, Eastern Forest Insects, page 348 (3)
Covell, page 410, plate 56 (#5) (1)
Internet References
Natural history and photos (Auburn U., Alabama)
Photos of various life stages by various photographers (forestryimages.org)
pinned adult images by James Adams, and live adult image by May Lenzer (Dalton State College, Georgia)
Caterpillar account and photo (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, USGS)
Caterpillar photos (Giff Beaton, Georgia)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.