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Subspecies Megalopyge opercularis bissesa - Megalopyge bissesa

Flannel moth caterpillar - Megalopyge opercularis Flannel moth - Megalopyge opercularis Megalopyge sp - Megalopyge opercularis Orange and white moth - Megalopyge opercularis - male Megalopyge bissesa larva - Megalopyge opercularis Female, Megalopyge bissesa - Megalopyge opercularis - female Megalopyge bissesa - Megalopyge opercularis - male Eggs - Megalopyge opercularis
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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 Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths)
Genus Megalopyge
Species opercularis (Southern Flannel Moth - Hodges#4647)
Subspecies bissesa (Megalopyge bissesa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megalopyge opercularis bissesa Dyar, 1911
4646 Megalopyge bissesa Dyar, 1911 is now recognized as a subspecies of 4647 Megalopyge opercularis Dyar, 1911 (Smith, 1797)
Size
Dyar (1911) reported the wingspan as ♂ 30 mm., ♀ 45 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length as 14-25 mm. (1)
Identification
Megalopyge bissesa resembles typical M. opercularis but outer third of the hindwing and forewing are pale and lacks any markings.
Range
Southern Arizona, southern Texas and Mexico. (1)
Season
Powell & Opler (2009) reported adults during the months of July to September.(1)
April records from Texas. (2)
Food
The known larval hosts include Quercus oblongifolia (Mexican blue oak) and Arctostaphylos sp. (manzanita).
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1911. Descriptions of new species and genera of Lepidoptera from Mexico. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 38: 267.
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. plate 20, fig. 24; p.165. (1)