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Southern Flannel Moth - Megalopyge opercularis - female

Southern Flannel Moth - Megalopyge opercularis - Female
Hwy 55 and Sedwick, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
July 3, 2004
Aha! I had thought this was a female Black-waved Flannel Moth, Lagoa (Megalopyge) crispata. The description in Covell (1) and this image at Georgia Leps showed me the way. The Southern Flannel Moth has an orange thorax and base of forewings. The narrow antennae indicated this is a female. Also note the more diffuse markings of the female, visible in the images of specimens at Georgia Leps.