Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
From Greek tolype (τολυπη), "a ball of wool or yarn, lump" (Internet searches). Appears related to Greek root tolyp meaning "wind up".
, a genus of armadillos, known for curling into a ball.
species are found the America north of Mexico. (1)(2)
Adult: Two widespread eastern species are Small Tolype (T. notialis) and Large Tolype (T. velleda). The postmedian line on the forewing is more wavy in T. notialis, less wavy in T. velleda. Also, T. notialis is usually a darker gray, and T. velleda a paler gray. Compare T. velleda/T. notialis:
However, there is considerable variation among individuals and between the sexes of all Tolype
species, which complicates identification of species based on color (see Moth Photographers Group
Tolype minta is whitish with gray lines, is southern, found from South Carolina to Florida.
T. laricis has a more northern distribution, the male is blackish, and the female is similar to the Large Tolype (see Internet refernces).
represented througout United States and southern Canada; T. laricis is the most widespread species, occurring coast to coast in southern Canada and northern United States
depending on species, deciduous, mixed, or coniferous forests; adults are nocturnal and come to light
varies according to species; adults fly from April to December in the south; mostly August and September in the north
larvae of T. velleda feed on leaves of hardwood trees
larvae of several other Tolype species feed on conifers
up to three generations per year in the south; one generation in the north
pinned adult images of males and females
of 4 species occurring in Canada (CBIF)
live adult images
of male T. laricis
(Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live larva image
of T. laricis
(Chris Maier, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, forestryimages.org)
distribution in Canada of 4 species
list of provinces for each species (CBIF)