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Genus Phyllodesma

The Lappet Moth 5th Instar Larva - Phyllodesma americana Phyllodesma americana Moth attracted to black light - Phyllodesma Tolype? - Phyllodesma Lappet Moth - Phyllodesma occidentis Phyllodesma americana - female Moth - Phyllodesma americana Phyllodesma americana
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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 Gastropachini
Genus Phyllodesma
3 species in North America
wingspan 29-49 mm
see Species page of P. americana for description of adult and larva
represented from Nova Scotia to Florida, west through Texas to California, north to BC and Yukon
(for CA specimens) "Need Genitalia or DNA. Two species, Phyllodesma americana and P. coturnix are sympatric in California and cannot, according to Powell & Opler, be distinguished by superficial characters." [comment by Bob Patterson]
Internet References
live adult images of P. americana (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image of P. occidentis (John Hyatt, Dalton State College, Georgia)
live adult image of P. coturnix by T.W. Davies, California (Tree of Life, courtesy of California Academy of Sciences)