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Species Tolype velleda - Large Tolype - Hodges#7670

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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 Poecilocampinae
Genus Tolype
Species velleda (Large Tolype - Hodges#7670)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Velleda Lappet Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tolype velleda (Stoll, 1791)
Phalaena Bombyx velleda Stoll, [1790] (178)
Tolyp[sic] candidatus Cassino, 1928
* Phylogenetic sequence #223275
Explanation of Names
velleda: perhaps from the Latin "velum" (a veil)
Wingspan 32-58 mm. (1); male considerably smaller than female
Adult: male forewing has whitish veins and broad dark gray subterminal band, fairly straight, and lacking alternating pinched and expanded sections; PM line whitish; basal half of wing slightly paler gray, with whitish AM line; hindwing dark gray, with or without whitish median band; female has similar markings but is paler overall, and less contrasting than male; male antennae pectinate, wider in basal half; female antennae simple.
Larva: body grayish with long hairs on lateral fleshy lappets; top of third thoracic segment has enlarged brown or reddish-orange knobs; when alarmed, exposes dorsal black band from fold behind warts.
[adapted from description by David Wagner and Valerie Giles]
Nova Scotia to central Florida, west to Texas, north to North Dakota - MAP (MPG)
Adults fly mostly June-November (MPG)
Larvae present from June to August.
Larvae feed on leaves of a variety of broadleaf trees and shrubs. Wagner (2) lists "apple, ash, aspen, basswood, beech, birch, cherry, oak and other woody plants."
Life Cycle
One generation per year.
See Also
Small Tolype (Tolype notialis) is slightly smaller, usually darker, and forewing subterminal band is wavier, with alternating pinched and expanded sections.
Larch Tolype (Tolype laricis) is much smaller, darker, and has a more northern distribution [doesn't occur in southern United States]
several other Tolype species occur in the southwest and in western Canada (compare images of 4 species at CBIF.)
Caterpillars of three other eastern Tolype species have yellow and orange spots on the black intersegmental bar, and feed on leaves of coniferous trees.
Print References
Covell p. 53, plate 8 (1)
Wagner, p. 23--photo of larva (3)
Franclemont, J. G., 1973. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1: p. 34; pl. 3.26-30.(4)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea.....
J. G. Franclemont. 1973. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.