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Megalopygidae
660068.004650Norape cretata (Grote, 1864) – White Flannel Moth

© Carol Wolf
Distribution: MD to southern FL, west along Ohio River Valley to eastern OK and Waco, TX and south to Corpus Christi, TX.
Type locality: Louisiana.
Similar Species:
  • Norape virgo has black legs, not white as in cretata, and has only been reported from south of Galveston, TX.
  • Norape sorpresa is found in Arizona; tarsi banded; gray shade of basal half of the ventral forewing costa, lacking in similar species.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Ulosota cretata Grote, 1864
Taxonomic Notes: Norape cretata (Grote, 1864), rev. status, is raised to full species from synonymy of [4650] Norape ovina (Sepp, [1855]) in Wagner et al. (2022). Ovina is now regarded as extralimital north of Mexico.
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 20.27m; p. 165. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Wagner, D.L, T. Matson & J.D. Palting, 2022. A New Norape from the Southwestern United States (Megalopygidae, Trosiinae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 76 (1): 1-9.
Norape cretata
© Renn Tumlinson
Norape cretata
© Lewis Scharpf - [T]
Norape cretata
© Machele White
Norape cretata
© Ken Childs
Norape cretata
© Jim Vargo
Norape cretata
© Giff Beaton LG
on Redbud
Norape cretata
© Giff Beaton LG
on Black Locust
Norape cretata
© Fred Siskind

Norape cretata
© McGuire Center LG

Norape cretata
© Carmen Champagne

Norape cretata
© Carmen Champagne

Norape cretata
© Stephen Cresswell


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