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Family Megalopygidae - Flannel Moths

Shaggy cat Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar - Megalopyge opercularis what caterpillar is this?  yellow, furry, and fluffy, looks like a tiny kitten!!  Help identify please! - Lagoa Megalopyge opercularis Unknown - Caterpillar of Moth? - Megalopyge opercularis Megalopyge sp - Megalopyge bissesa Fuzzy Caterpillar near SATX about 1pm Flannel moth caterpillar
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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 Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
MEGALOPYGIDAE Herrich-Schaffer, 1855 (1)
Caution, caterpillars can sting. See this site for more information.

Caterpillars in this family in having 7 pairs of prolegs, which is 2 more than in any other lepidopteran family.