Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Zigzag Furcula Moth
Furcula scolopendrina (Boisduval, 1869)

Family: Notodontidae
Identification: Cream white forewing crossed by an irregular black antemedial band and black postmedian costal band closer to the apex. Larva is yellow with dark brown black dorsal saddle marks and anal prolegs are long and pointed.
Wing Span: 1.7-2.0 cm.
Life History:
Flight: Two flights in April to August, but most appear in June and July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Willows and cottonwoods (Salicaceae) as well as birch (Betulaceae).
Adult Food:
Habitat: Wet forests.
Range: British Columbia to northern Mexico, widespread.
Management Needs:
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