White Flannel Moth

Norape ovina

Whie Flannel Moth, Norape ovina, photo © by M. Plagens

Alighted on a leaf of Sotol in Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mountains, Arizona, USA. 27 July 2013.

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This is a small moth with a wingspan of about 3cm; they normally perch with the wings folded like a tent above the body. Long fur-like scales and setae are snow white. Notice legs are white with narrow black bands. The boldly marked larvae occur on foliage of hackberry and should not be touched because they have stinging hairs.

Megalopygidae -- Flannel Moth Family

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