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Megalopygidae
57a0038 – 4644   Megalopyge crispata (Packard, 1864)
             Black-waved Flannel Moth

J. Merrill Lynch
Distribution:
Type locality (crispata): Massachusetts.
Type locality (grisea): Newark, NJ.
Similar Species:
  • Megalopyge lacyi (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910)
  • Megalopyge immaculata (Cassino, 1928)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Lagoa crispata Packard, 1864
Lagoa grisea Barnes & McDunnough, 1910
Taxonomic Notes: Megalopyge crispata was listed in the genus Lagoa in Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist). This genus was treated as a synonym of Megalopyge by Neumoegen & Dyar (1894). This synonymy was reversed and then reapplied several times since. Becker (1995) reinstated the synonymy.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAC0160
  • Barnes, W.M. & J.H. McDunnough, 1910. New species and varieties of North American Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 42(7): 252.
  • Becker, V.O., 1995. 73. Megalopygidae. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Volume 3. Checklist: Part 2. Hyblaeoidea - Pyraloidea - Tortricoidea. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera and Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL, 118-122.
  • Epstein, M., 1996. Revision and phylogeny of the Limacodid-Group families, with evolutionary studies on Slug Caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 582: 1-102.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Packard, A.S., 1864. Synopsis of the Bombycidae of the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, 3: 335.
  • Sancio, E.P., C.H. Kratzer, J.C. Carlson, 2024. Geographical and temporal distribution of Megalopygidae in the United States and Puerto Rico. Toxicon, X (2024). (Journal Pre-proof)
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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