Flannel moths are a family of moths known for their fluffy appearance. The caterpillars are known for their stinging spines.
The larvae of these moths are covered with long hairs making them resemble cotton balls, earning them the nickname “puss caterpillars”. Spines are present among these bristles, which can cause irritation and nausea if touched.
The pupae are 1.3-2 cm long and are covered with spines similar to the larval stage.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The females have thinner antennae than the males.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, they are brown, yellow, or whitish. When the wings are closed, these colors remain visible.
Average wingspan: 2.4 to 3.6 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: late spring or early summer
The eggs are yellow and 0.12 cm long.
|Other names||Crinkled flannel moths|
|Distribution||North America and the New World|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Predators||Birds, some mammals|
|Host Plants||Almonds, apples, hackberries, oaks, oranges, pecan, persimmon, and roses|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|