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Megalopygidae
660063.004647Megalopyge opercularis opercularis (Smith, 1797) –
              Southern Flannel Moth

Carol Wolf
Distribution: Type locality (opercularis): Georgia
Type locality (bissesa): Cuernavaca, MX; Santa Rosa, MX; southern Arizona; Oracle, AZ
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Synonymy: Phalaena opercularis Smith, 1797
Pimela lanuginosa Clemens, 1860
Miresa subcitrina Walker, 1869
Megalopyge bissesa Dyar, 1911
Taxonomic Notes: Megalopyge opercularis (Smith, 1797) includes as a subspecies 4646 Megalopyge bissesa Dyar, 1911 in Becker (1995:119).
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Becker, V.O., 1995. Megalopygidae, in J.B. Heppner (ed.), Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 2: Hyblaedoidea, Pyraloidea, Tortricoidea. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera and Scientific Publishers, 118-122.
  • Dyar, H.G., 1911. Descriptions of some new species and genera of Lepidoptera from Mexico. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 38(1742): 267.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Smith, J.E., 1797. The natural history of the rarer lepidopterous insects of Georgia, 2: 105.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
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