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Species Norape cretata - White Flannel Moth - Hodges#4650

White flannel moth - Norape cretata White flannel moth - Norape cretata Norape ovina ? - Norape cretata Cluster of Black Caterpillars with Yellow Spots at the base of a locust tree - Norape cretata Norape ovina - Hodges #4650 - Norape cretata White Flannel Moth - Hodges#4650 - Norape cretata Unknown caterpillar - Norape cretata Caterpillar - Norape cretata
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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 Norape
Species cretata (White Flannel Moth - Hodges#4650)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Norape cretata (Grote, 1864)
Ulosota cretata Grote, 1864
Explanation of Names
Norape cretata (Grote, 1864), rev. status, is raised from synonymy of Norape ovina (Sepp, [1855]) in Wagner et al. (2022).
Wingspan 27-33 mm.
Forewing length 11-17 mm. (1)
Adult - wings and body pure gleaming white, seperated from other white moths by wing shape, and stout hairy body. HW rounded. Male has orangish antennae.
Eastern USA
A variety of hosts reported including black locust, hackberry and redbud. (1)
Life Cycle
Two generations per year in most of range, likely more in south.
Caterpillar has stinging spines.
Print References
Covell Jr., C.V. Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America. p.413, plate 13 (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.165, pl.20.27m (1)
Sepp, J.C. 1848-52. Surinaamsche vlinders : naar het leven geteekend 3: 233, pl.105
Wagner, D.L. 2005. Caterpillars of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press. p.56 (3)
Wagner, D.L, T. Matson & J.D. Palting, 2022. A New Norape from the Southwestern United States (Megalopygidae, Trosiinae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 76 (1): 1-9.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.