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Species Lochmaeus manteo - Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7998

Unknown caterpillars feeding on oak leaves - Lochmaeus manteo Notodontid on beech - Lochmaeus manteo Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth? - Lochmaeus manteo Lochmaeus manteo Moth - Lochmaeus manteo Moth to porch light - Lochmaeus manteo unknown moth - Lochmaeus manteo 23mm Green Caterpillar with White, Yellow and Violet Striping - Lochmaeus manteo
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Lochmaeus
Species manteo (Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#7998)
Hodges Number
Explanation of Names
Lochmaeus manteo Doubleday, 1841
Wingspan 37-50 mm (1)
Larva: Caterpillar has variable pattern. Note large white stripe through eye. Details noted as diagnostic by Wagner: " Usually whitish subdorsal stripe edged with yellow above, although latter may be obscured by wine-red dorsal saddle. Paired warts on dorsum of A1 and A8 often red. Yellow spiracular stripoe strongest anteriorly, broken into spots both fore and aft. Black line on head often narrowly edged with white inwardly (and always outwardly)." L. bilineata caterpillar is similar, possibly indistinguishable.
Eastern North America (1)
Deciduous forests.
Adults on wing April-October (1)
Larva, June - October
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on many deciduous trees, but especially oaks. (1)
Caution, larva can spray formic acid which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. (1)
See Also
Lochmaeus bilineata
Print References
Covell, p. 334, plate 42 #16--adult (3)
Wagner, p. 58--caterpillar (4)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (5)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)
Works Cited
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.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.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems