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Superfamily Zygaenoidea - Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin

Euclea delphinii Lichen Camouflaged...Thing - Euclea delphinii Southern Flannel Moth - Megalopyge opercularis Black-waved Flannel Moth - Lagoa crispata Moth a Hag Moth - Phobetron pithecium Another Skiff Moth Caterpillar - Prolimacodes badia Adoneta? - Adoneta bicaudata
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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)
Explanation of Names
From the type genus Zygaena, Greek for "a kind of shark." (1)
Identification
Adult - frequently woolly and have stout bodies and bipectinate male antennae (sometimes also bipectinate in females). They are small to medium large, with forewing lengths (base to apex) ranging from 4 mm to 4 0 mm.
Life Cycle
Onset of cocoon construction is marked by final frass pellets that are frequently a chalky white. With the exception of the Dalceridae, cocoons in the limacodid group have trap-door exits or lids. Lids are opened by the pupa, which pushes nearly completely out of the cocoon prior to eclosion. (2)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Revision and phylogeny of the Limacodid-Group families, with evolutionary studies on Slug Caterpillars Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea
Marc E. Epstein. 1996. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 582.