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Species Lagoa crispata - Black-waved Flannel Moth - Hodges#4644

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths)
Genus Lagoa
Species crispata (Black-waved Flannel Moth - Hodges#4644)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Crinkled Flannel Moth (1), White Flannel Moth (2)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lagoa crispata (Packard, 1864)
Megalopyge crispata Packard, 1864
Phylogenetic sequence # 140550
Wingspan 2.5-4 cm
Small creamy white, wavy black lines on forewing.
Sexually dimorphic. Females (thin antennae) are almost white, with subtle markings:

Males (feather-like antennae) are more strongly marked, and more yellowish:

e US (mostly: TX-FL-NJ-NE) - Map (MPG)
Deciduous forests
Adults likely do not feed.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on many different trees and shrubs, see Covell. (3)
Caution, Hairs on caterpillar highly irritating, as in all of this family!
See Also
Megalopyge opercularis - Southern Flannel Moth .
Print References
Wagner illustrates caterpillar, page 90. (1)
Holland illustrates this, plate 38 #23, describes, page 369. (2)
Covell illustrates adult (imago), plate 56 #9, describes species, p. 412. (3)
Wagner, page 53. (4)
Himmelman illustrates caterpillar, plate A-2 (5)
Internet References
Toxicon. The venomous hair structure, venom and life cycle of Lagoa crispata, a puss caterpillar of Oklahoma.
Works Cited
1.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.
2.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
5.Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard
John Himmelman. 2002. Down East Books.