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Species Phobetron pithecium - Hag Moth - Hodges#4677

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Classification
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 Limacodidae (Slug Caterpillar Moths)
Genus Phobetron
Species pithecium (Hag Moth - Hodges#4677)
Hodges Number
4677
Other Common Names
Monkey Slug (caterpillar)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phobetron pithecium (Smith)
Orig. Comb: Phalaena pithecium J.E. Smith 1797
Size
Wingspan 20-28 mm
Larvae to 25 mm
Identification
Caterpillar is most frequently seen. Bizarre, brown, hairy creature that resembles some sort of aquatic creature more than a caterpillar. Three pairs of long arms and three pairs of short arms, which are "deciduous" - often one or more is missing.
Adult (imago) is brown with irregular silver highlights. Tufts (pencils) of white hair-like scales on forelegs are notable.
Range
e. NA (TX-FL-QC-IA) - Map MPG
Habitat
Deciduous forests
Season
Adult: May-Oct
Caterpillar: July-Oct
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including oaks, cherries.
Remarks
Caution, This is a stinging caterpillar. See this site for more information.
Print References
Covell, p. 410, plate 56 #7 (male), #10 (female) (1)
Wagner, p. 86 (2)
Mitchell, p. 145--good illustrations of caterpillar and adult (3)
Wagner, P. 44 (4)
Internet References
Stinging Caterpillars - Auburn University, College of Agriculture
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.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.
3.Butterflies and Moths (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
Robert T. Mitchell, Herbert S. Zim, Andre Durenceau. 2001. Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.