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Skiff Moth (Prolimacodes badia)

The skiff moth is a species belonging to the family of slug moths found in North America. It gets its name from its larval stage, which looks like a skiff, a single-person rowing boat.

Skiff Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Limacodidae
  • Genus: Prolimacodes
  • Scientific Name: Prolimacodes badia

Description and Identification


The larva is green, oval, and hairless. Its rear area forms a hump covering it from head to end.


Pupation takes place after the larvae mature.

Skiff Moth Pupa


Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are open, they are pale brown with white tinted edges. A semi-circular dark brown patch containing a black dot covers most of the forewing. When the wings are closed, the brown patch remains prominent.

Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are brown. When the wings are closed, the brown color cannot be distinguished.

Average wingspan: 2.4 -3.5 cm

Flight Pattern: Erratic

Season: May to September


After mating, the females lay eggs.

Quick Facts

DistributionNew Hampshire to Florida, west to southern Ontario, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsBirch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, Hophornbeam, oak, poplar, Sweetgale, and willow
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • German entomologist Jacob Hubner first described this species in 1822.
Skiff Moth Image


Skiff Moth Picture


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