Moths of North Dakota

Lasiocampidae: Lasiocampinae: Gastropachini

Phyllodesma americana (Harris 1841)

Common name: American lappet moth.

Hodges #: 7687.

Identification: Rfw 15.2 mm, camouflage leaf pattern with scalloped wing margins, fw venation quadrifid with CuA2 arising near base of discal cell; hw notched at apex, wing with basal areole as large as discal cell.

Similar species: 7665.

Distribution: southern Canada and temperate U. S., southward in mountains.

Hosts: Larvae on a wide variety of woody plants: Alnus alder, Betula birch, Quercus oak, Salix willow, and Populus poplar.


moth image

ND, Adams Co., Hettinger. 1- VI- 1983, male, UV lt. trap.

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ND, Richland Co., Hankinson. 7- VI- 1983, female, UV lt. trap.



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Last updated: 03/27/02

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