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Species Malacosoma incurvum - Southwestern Tent Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7703

Southwestern Tent Caterpillar - Malacosoma incurvum blue caterpillar - Malacosoma incurvum Moth - Malacosoma incurvum Moth - Malacosoma incurvum Malacosoma incurva - Malacosoma incurvum Malacosoma sp. (maybe M. incurva?) larva - Malacosoma incurvum Turquoise and black caterpillar - Malacosoma incurvum
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Lasiocampoidea (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Family Lasiocampidae (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Subfamily Lasiocampinae
Tribe Lasiocampini
Genus Malacosoma
Species incurvum (Southwestern Tent Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7703)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Malacosoma incurva
Clisiocampa incurva Hy. Edwards, 1882
Clisiocampa luteomargo Dyar, 1907
Clisiocampa azteca Neumoegen, 1893
Explanation of Names
Malacosoma incurvum (Hy. Edwards, 1882)
One of six species in the genus for North America north of Mexico
Wingspan about 27 mm.
Southwestern North America: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah.
The larval hosts include:
Populus fremontii (Fremont cottonwood).
Salix (willow).
Prunus (plum).
The gender of Malacosoma is neuter, so adjectivic species names ending -a are considered wrong spellings. (1)
Print References
Edwards, Hy. 1882. Descriptions of new N. Am. Heterocera. Papilio 2(8): 125
Franclemont, J.G. 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.: p. 80; pl. 10, figs. 33-40. (2)
Stehr, F.W. & E.F. Cook 1968. A revision of the genus Malacosoma Hübner in North America (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae): systematics, biology. immatures, and parasites. Bulletin of the United States National Museum. 276: 169. (1)
Internet References - photographs of various life stages.