Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events


Species Leucoma salicis - Satin Moth - Hodges#8319

Satin Moth - Leucoma salicis - male White Moth with Black & White Legs - Leucoma salicis Web worm Moth or ???? - Leucoma salicis Satin Moth - Leucoma salicis - female Satin Moth - Leucoma salicis - male Is this Leucoma salicis? - Leucoma salicis White satin moth - Leucoma salicis Satin Moth - Leucoma salicis
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Lymantriinae (Tussock Moths)
Tribe Leucomini
Genus Leucoma
Species salicis (Satin Moth - Hodges#8319)
Hodges Number
Larva to 4.5 cm
Caterpillar: "Dorsum marked with 10-11 white, intersegmental white spots and paired red setal warts on T1-A9", head black, sides blue-gray. (1)

Pupa: shiny dark brown with erect yellow setae (hairs)

Canada and northeastern US. Bugguide reports it from western states and provinces, too.
Introduced from Europe in 1920.
Caterpillars eat aspen, poplar (both Populus spp.) and willow (Salix)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as third instar under bark. Goes through seven instars before pupating in a thin cocoon between leaves or on bark.
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.