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Species Lacosoma chiridota - Scalloped Sack-bearer - Hodges#7659

Scalloped Sack-bearer  - Lacosoma chiridota Lacosoma chiridota - male Lacosoma chiridota - female Lacosoma chiridota - Scalloped Sack-bearer - Lacosoma chiridota Scalloped Sack-bearer - Lacosoma chiridota - male Scalloped Sack-bearer - Lacosoma chiridota Lacosoma chiridota Lacosoma chiridota
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Mimallonoidea (Sack-bearer Moths)
Family Mimallonidae (Sack-bearer Moths)
Genus Lacosoma
Species chiridota (Scalloped Sack-bearer - Hodges#7659)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 20-32 mm
Adult: forewing deeply scalloped and with hooked apex, shaded with dark brown in male, yellowish to reddish-brown in female; PM line and small reniform spot on forewing similar in both sexes
[description by Charles Covell]

Hindwing of females scalloped: males smoothly rounded. Compare pinned photographs at Moth Photographers Group
southern Ontario and New Hampshire to Florida, west to Texas, north to Iowa
Many forest types, wherever oak (Quercus) is found
adults fly from April to September
Larvae feed on leaves of oak.
Life Cycle
Larvae build open-ended cases (sacks) in which they overwinter.
Mating takes place in the late afternoon, the males are diurnal and are rarely attracted to light, females release pheromones during the day but oviposit at night.
Print References
Covell, p. 57, plate 11 #2, #5 (1)
Wright, pp. 124-125, caterpillar and imago illustrated (2)
Wagner, p. 218--photos of adult, imago (3)
Internet References
Maryland Moths adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
Moths of Canada pinned adult image
Dallas Butterflies pinned adult image (Dale Clark, Texas)
Hilton Pond--photos of caterpillar, shelter
BioOne--sexual behavior of adults
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America
Amy Bartlett Wright. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems