Megalopygidae

Pronunciation:  [Mega·low·PYG·i·dee]

Common Name:  Flannel 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 white, yellow, or brown with few distinctive markings.   Antennae of male are bipectinate.   Larvae are densely hairy and have stinging spines hidden among the hairs.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Comb-like antennae (bipectinate) in males
  2. Front wings broadly triangular and held tent-like over the body
  3. Hind wings with three anal veins

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Order:  Lepidoptera