Dot-Lined White Moth (Artace cribrarius)
The dot-lined white moth is a member of the family of Lasiocampidae moths. They are found in parts of the United States and is recognizable from their gleaming white body.
Description and Identification
The caterpillars mimic twigs skilfully with their mottled gray-white bodies and black markings. There are bristles of setae all over them.
The larvae pupate after maturing.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are white with black dots running across in a curved pattern. When the wings are closed, the pattern remains observable.
Hindwing: When the wings are opened, they are completely white. This white color is observed even when the wings are closed.
These moths have a feathery orange antenna, likely to be present in males.
Average wingspan: 2.5-6.2 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: June to October
The eggs are laid close to the host plant.
|Distribution||Long Island New York, west to Kentucky and southeast Texas|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Oak and Prunus species|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- Swedish civil servant and naturalist Sven Ingemar Ljungh first described this species in 1825.