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57a0036 – 4642   Megalopyge pyxidifera (Smith, 1797)
             Yellow Flannel Moth

Gary Goss
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Synonymy: Phalaena pyxidifera Smith, 1797
Taxonomic Notes: Megalopyge pyxidifera 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.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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)
  • 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
Megalopyge pyxidifera
Bob Patterson
Megalopyge pyxidifera
Carol Wolf
Megalopyge pyxidifera
Gretchen Grammer
Megalopyge pyxidifera
Carol Wolf
Megalopyge pyxidifera
Carol Wolf
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LG – Jim Troubridge
Megalopyge pyxidifera
24mm – Jim Vargo

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