Limacodidae

Pronunciation:  [Lime·a·CODE·i·dee]

Common Name:  Slug caterpillar moths

Description:   Small to medium-sized moths with a stout body and a dense covering of hairs and scales.    Front wings, held tent-like over the body, are usually dark brown and marked with an irregular spot of contrasting color.   Antennae of male are bipectinate.   Larvae are fleshy and slug-like with stinging hairs.   They move by gliding on sucker-like prolegs.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Comb-like antennae (bipectinate) in males
  2. Front wings broadly triangular; typically brown with a spot of contrasting color
  3. Hind wings with three anal veins

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Order:  Lepidoptera