Flannel moth

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Flannel moth
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Megalopyge opercularis
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Megalopygidae
Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
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The flannel moths or crinkled flannel moths (scientific name Megalopygidae) are a family of insects. They occur in North America (11 species) and the New World tropics. The larvae are called puss caterpillars , and with their long hairs, resemble cotton balls. They have venomous spines that can cause a painful sting and inflammation lasting for several days. In some cases, the sting may cause headache, nausea, and shock-like symptoms. Perhaps the most notorious for stinging is the caterpillar of Megalopyge opercularis .

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A Megalopyge opercularis caterpillar on Kent Island, Maryland: a highly toxic species Furry Puss Caterpillar 2014.JPG
A Megalopyge opercularis caterpillar on Kent Island, Maryland: a highly toxic species

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Megalopyge opercularis is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It has numerous common names, including southern flannel moth for its adult form, and puss caterpillar, asp, Italian asp, woolly slug, opossum bug, puss moth, tree asp, or asp caterpillar.

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Saddleback caterpillar Larva of a eastern North American moth

The saddleback caterpillar is the larva of a species of moth native to eastern North America. It is also found in Mexico. The species belongs to the family of slug caterpillars, Limacodidae.

Megalopyge crispata, the black-waved flannel moth, crinkled flannel moth or white flannel moth, is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. It is found along the east coast of the United States, and as far inland as Oklahoma.

<i>Norape ovina</i> Species of moth

Norape ovina, the white flannel moth, is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. In the United States, it is found from Washington, D.C. south to Florida, west to Montana and Texas. Its range extends further south through Mexico, Guatemala and Panama to Venezuela, Suriname and Bolivia.

<i>Megalopyge</i> Genus of moths

Megalopyge is a genus of moths in the family Megalopygidae.

Megalopyge hina is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. It was described by Paul Dognin in 1911. It is found in Guyana.

Megalopyge perseae is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. It was described by Paul Dognin in 1891. It is found in Venezuela.

Megalopyge albicollis is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Francis Walker in 1855.

Megalopyge immaculata is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Samuel E. Cassino in 1928.

Megalopyge krugii is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Hermann Dewitz in 1897.

Megalopyge lacyi is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by William Barnes and James Halliday McDunnough in 1910.

<i>Megalopyge lanata</i> Species of moth

Megalopyge lanata is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Caspar Stoll in 1780.

Megalopyge lecca is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Herbert Druce in 1890.

Megalopyge pixidifera is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. It was described by James Edward Smith and John Abbot in 1797. It was described from the southern United States.

Megalopyge urens is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Carlos Berg in 1882. It is found in Brazil.

<i>Megalopyge xanthopasa</i> Species of moth

Megalopyge xanthopasa is a moth of the family Megalopygidae. It was described by Sepp in 1828. It is found in Surinam and French Guiana.

<i>Podalia orsilochus</i> Species of moth

Podalia orsilochus is a moth of the Megalopygidae family. It was described by Pieter Cramer in 1775. It is found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela.

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