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Species Megalopyge bissesa - Hodges#4646

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 bissesa (Megalopyge bissesa - Hodges#4646)
Hodges Number
4646
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megalopyge bissesa Dyar, 1911
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 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)