Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Black-waved Flannel Moth
Lagoa crispata (Packard, 1864)


Family: Megalopygidae
Subfamily:
Identification: Body and wings pale yellowish cream. Forewing costa has several sharp, wavy black lines with variable brownish shading beneath them. Hindwing unmarked.
Wing Span: 2.5-4 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Alder, apple, birches, blackberry, Myrica species, oaks, poplars, Prunus species, sassafras, willows, and other trees and shrubs.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: New Hampshire to Florida, west to Missouri and Louisiana.
Conservation: Common in most of range.
NCGR:
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
Alternate Scientific Names:
Megalopyge crispata

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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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