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Moth identification
Location: Buxton, NC October 28, 2011
October 28, 2011 10:23 am
What moth is this?
Signature: Tory


Hi Tory,
Please excuse our very tardy response.  This moth is a member of the Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moth family Lasiocampidae, and it is in the genus
Tolype.  The species are rather difficult to distinguish from one another, and BugGuide has some helpful information.

Yellow moth
Location: Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand
February 12, 2011 10:28 pm
I recently collected some large, hairy yellow striped caterpillars for my grade 3 Science class. One of them has just emerged from its cocoon as a yellow moth about 3 centimeters in length. When I googled ”yellow moth”none of the images showed a moth quite like this one.
Signature: Alan Walmsley

Possibly Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Hi Alan,
Both your caterpillar and the adult moth remind us of the North American Lappet Moths in the family Lasiocampidae, and even more specifically, those in the genus
Phyllodesma.  Here is a comparison photo of a North American caterpillar from BugGuide, and here is an adult moth also from BugGuide.  Though the coloration is quite different, the manner in which the moth holds its underwings in relation to the upper wings is strikingly similar.  Again, this is just a guess, and we hope to be able to provide you with additional information on our own as well as through reader contributions.

Lappet Moth

We immediately tried a search of the family in Thailand and found a Moths of Borneo website, and on Plate 6, and there is an image of a mounted specimen identified as a female Trabala ganesha that looks remarkably like your moth.  Here is a photo from the Foto Biodiversitas Indonesia website and an even better match are these images of Trabala vishnou from Thailand on this Taxonomy website:

Lappet Moth

Moth id
Location: Ohio
October 25, 2010 2:11 pm
Hi bugman, Can you help me identify this moth? Perhaps a Fall webworm moth? Thanks for the help!
Signature: weisey

Dot Lined White Moth

Hi weisey,
Your moth has the descriptive common name of Dot Lined White, and the scientific name is
Artace cribraria.  The Dot Lined White is a member of the Lappet Moth and Tent Caterpillar family.

Hi Daniel, thanks so much for the id! Have a great day! S. Cyd “weisey” Read

What moth is this?
Location:  Brownsville, Kentucky
October 20, 2010 11:56 am
I took this picture on 10/17/10 in Kentucky and was wondering what type of moth this is. I found them on this leaf and both of them had their wings closed until I picked it up to get a picture in the sun and the one opened it’s wings. Also, is image #2 a chrysalis for this moth?
Signature:  Susan

Dot Lined White Moths

Hi Susan,
We were amazed at the speed with which we identified your Dot Lined White Moths,
Artace cribraria.  We observed a similarity to the genus Tolype, so we searched the Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths on BugGuide, and quickly found a match in the Dot Lined White.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from June to October (1), or as early as March in the south  Food  Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).”  It is highly likely that the cocoon is also that of a Dot Lined White.

Dot Lined White Cocoon

Yellow moth with a face
May 4, 2010
Hi Bugman!
I have a new moth/caterpillar from Jakarta, Indonesia.


My housekeeper found the caterpillar munching on guava leaves. After two days it made the silk bag and pupated – from April 15 till this am. I have not seen this moth before. I found lots of silk bags on the trees but, they have a little role and the pupa is dried up inside.
Kemang, South Jakarta, Indonesia

Moth Caterpillar

Hi Miriam,
WE have not had any luck quickly trying to locate your moth on Bill Oehlke’s comprehensive website, nor on the Wild Silkmoths of Indonesia website.  The closest match is the genus Cricula, but that does not look correct to us.  Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with an answer, either by contacting Bill Oehlke, or by having one of our readers supply a response.

Bill Oehlke just wrote to us that this is NOT a Giant Silkmoth.  HMMMM.  What could it be?

Ryan and Mr. Goodwraith provide identifications
Not a saturniid, but a member of  Lasiocampoidea. This is a female Trabala pallida.

I’m sure ryan’s right. Compare with the specimen shown at The placement of the markings seems distinctive for T. pallida.
Mr. Goodwraith

Ed. Note: The Lasiocampoidea are known as Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths. Read Full Article →

Our faithful reader R.G. Marion just sent us this lovely holiday greeting card with an enhanced image of a moth in the genus Tolype.  We believe this is the first holiday card our website has ever received.

Greeting Card with Tolype

Greeting Card with Tolype