Subject: Insect Case Identification
Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama
March 17, 2016 10:17 am
Attached is a picture of an insect case found on some small oak trees. We would like some identification of the insect that would deposit such a case.
Signature: Gulf State Park Nature Center
We have to call these Cocoons because they look like larvae made them before pupating and eventually emerging. We will research in the morning.
I have been searching too. Could it be a Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth cocoon)?
Naturalist – Gulf State Park
We received a comment indicating the cocoons belong to the Southern Flannel Moth. This BugGuide image supports that ID. They appear to be empty, indicating the adult Southern Flannel Moths have already emerged.