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Subject: Fuzzy Flying Yellow Insect
Location: Anderson, SC
July 14, 2013 10:42 pm
Hello Bugman,
My brother took this photo in Anderson, SC. I am very curious to know what kind of bug it is.
Signature: Thank you, Rachel

Flannel Moth

Flannel Moth

Hi Rachel,
This is one of the Flannel Moths in the genus
Megalopyge, most likely the Southern Flannel Moth, Megalopyge opercularis, which you may find on BugGuide.  The stinging caterpillar is sometimes called an Asp

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Subject: Fuzzy looking bug
Location: central-south Mexico – Tabasco/Campeche
February 4, 2013 2:49 pm
Found this bug in December while road-triping through Mexico. Stopped at a gas station and there it was, lying on the side of the building.
Hope you can help.
Signature: Kelly

Flannel Moth

Hi Kelly,
Based on similar looking moths on BugGuide, we believe this is a Flannel Moth in the family Megalopygidae, but we have not had any luck matching an exact photo.  Perhaps it is in the genus
Megalopyge , and it looks somewhat similar to this image of Megalopyge bissesa from The Moth Photographers Group, but again, it does not appear to be an exact match.  The Hétérocères de Guyane Française Megalopygidae page has numerous mounted specimens, but none that we can say conclusively looks like your individual.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide assistance.

Karl agrees with Flannel Moth ID.
Hi Daniel. Based on overall appearance, posture and visible wing venation I would have to agree that it is probably a Flannel Moth (Megalopygidae). I think it is probably in the genus Thoscora, a neotropical genus with seven or eight species. Unfortunately, online information is extremely sparse for all the species and I can’t come up with a conclusive identification. It looks very close to Thoscora acca, but I couldn’t find any information that this species occurs north of Costa Rica. However, this may just be due to a lack of information. The Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) site shows an assortment of mounted T. acca, and the Hétérocères de Guyane Française Megalopygidae page that you linked to has several subspecies of T. acca (other sites regard these as distinct species) as well as two other species. Mounted specimens offer some clear advantages for identification as all features are revealed.  However, I find that other information such as natural posture is lost, which sometimes makes it difficult to recognize a species when it is compared to a photo of a live specimen.  My best guess would be that it is Thoscora acca. Regards.  Karl

We like your identification Karl.  Has anyone told you that you are awesome lately?

Wow! Thanks so much for replying so quickly! I thought the little guy must have been some sort of moth, but wasn’t exactly sure.  The camera-phone pic doesn’t do it justice, and I was eager to find its identity so I could properly depict it in some of my artwork.
Thanks again!

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Subject: Curious About this Moth
Location: Coram, New York
July 10, 2012 11:00 pm
I saw this moth outside of my home when I was leaving for work in the AM one day and it just hung around all day until I returned. I got curious because I never seen this kind of moth before with such beautiful design and color. Can you tell me a little about this little guy? Thank You!
Signature: Storm Morales

Skiff Moth

Dear Storm,
While we don’t recognize this moth, we agree that it is quite lovely, and with National Moth Week fast approaching, we are trying to post as many interesting moth photos as possible.  Alas, we are beginning to get computer fatigue, so we are posting your photo as unidentified in the hopes that one of our readers can assist with the identification.  Karl, are you there????

Update:  Thanks to CTGirl who sent in a comment, we can report that this is a Skiff Moth, one of the Slug Caterpillar Moths which we verified on BugGuide.

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Furry brown and green moth
Location:  Sartell, MN
September 30, 2010 11:24 am
Hello!
I found this little moth on my mom’s front porch this June and I was really curious as to what it was. It was so furry it reminded me of a tiny dog or a bear. I looked around on google a bit and it looks similar to the Stinging rose caterpillar moth, except with much less green.
If you know what this moth might be any info would be appreciated! Thanks!
Signature:  Jessica F.

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Hi Jessica,
Congratulations on getting the family correct for your Spiny Oak Slug Moth,
Euclea delphinii, a highly variable species that is pictured on BugGuide demonstrating the varying amount of green that can be present.  The Spiny Oak Slug Moth is pictured along side the Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth on the Moth Photographers Group website.

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Leaf Looking Bug or Moth
June 10, 2010
I saw this bug on the outside of my nephew’s house in Kearney, Missouri. I’ve looked in books and online but can’t figure it out. Is it a moth? A leafhopper?
Georgia
Kearney, Missouri

Spiny Oak Slug Moth

Hi Georgia,
We believe this is a Spiny Oak Slug Moth, Euclea delphinii, which is featured on BugGuide, but it might also be a closely related species in the same genus.  We often get identification requests for the Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar, but rarely the adult moth.

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Mexican moth
January 3, 2010
This moth was found in the morning outside our room in Cancun – the balcony light had been on all night and had attracted quite a few insects – which in turn were just beginning to be noticed by the birds.
Walter
Cancun Mexico

Moth from Mexico

Puss Moth from Mexico

Hi Walter,
We are checking with Julian Donahue, an expert in the family Arctiidae, to see if he recognizes your moth.

Julian Donahue assists
It’s in the family Megalopygidae (puss caterpillars, puss moths, I believe they’re called).
You might find a name on the Internet, but I don’t have any pertinent references here at home.
Julian P. Donahue

Ed. Note
Puss Moths are also called Flannel Moths.  We tried a web search and found a page on the family Megalopygidae on the Belize Moths website, but this species is not listed.  For now, it will remain an unidentified Puss Moth.  Many moths from this family have stinging caterpillars that will result in a painful encounter is they are carelessly handled.

Unknown Puss Moth from Mexico

Karl to the rescue again
Hi Daniel:
I am fairly certain that the genus is Megalopyge (Megalopygidae: Megalopyginae), but it is quite a large group and it is difficult to be sure about the species. However, the lovely pinkish highlights suggest that it could be M. lanata, the Mangrove Flannel Moth (also here), which ranges from Mexico to Brazil. Most Megalopyge species appear to come in a range of color variations and although I wasn’t able to locate an easily linkable online photo that shows the same vivid black contrasts as Walter’s individual, I have seen images of M. lanata that look very similar. If it is M. lanata, then this is the third time it has appeared on WTB – the previous two being caterpillars. As with other Flannel Moths, this one earns its notoriety because of the problems it can cause as a caterpillar. I really like these photos and I believe, once again, some of the best images of a given species can be found on WTB. Regards.
Karl

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