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Megalopygidae
57a0044 – 4650   Norape cretata (Grote, 1864)
             White Flannel Moth

Carol Wolf
Distribution: MD to southern FL, west along Ohio River Valley to eastern OK and south to Waco and 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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on Redbud
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on Black Locust
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