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57a0035 – 4641   Megalopyge immaculata (Cassino, 1928)

Franny Geller
Distribution: Holotype: Davis Mts., TX
Similar Species:
  • Megalopyge crispata (Packard, 1864)
  • Megalopyge lacyi (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Lagoa immaculata Cassino, 1928
Taxonomic Notes: Megalopyge immaculata 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.
  • Cassino, S.E. & L.W. Swett, 1928. Some new Geometridae. The Lepidopterist, 4(12): 91.
  • 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.
  • 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 immaculata
30mm - LG – Jim Vargo
Megalopyge immaculata
- LG – Tanner Matson

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