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I listen to a radio show late at night and one of the listeners sent these pics of a moth they saw in their back yard. She said she calls it her "dragon moth"… and in all fairness it DOES kind of resemble one! They live in Shenendoah Valley, VA. I see a couple of moths that look similar… but am unsure… is this a type of Sphinx moth?

As much as we like and would endorse the name Dragon Moth for the Spotted Apatelodes, we are in no position to apply for a name change. Spotted Apatelodes isn’t quite as descriptive as Dragon Moth. Though it resembles a Sphinx Moth, the Spotted Apatelodes, Apatelodes torrefacta, is actually one of the Silkworm Moths in the family Bombycidae.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

13 Responses to Dragon Moth is actually Spotted Apatelodes

  1. Noukou says:

    The spotted Apatelodes is not poisonous.

  2. EG says:

    There are 2 of these moths in my backyard and are scary! They have been there for 24 hours and haven’t moved an inch the second one was spotted after the first is it normal to have 2?

    • bugman says:

      Adult moths emerge from the pupal stage when conditions are right, so it would not be uncommon to encounter several individuals at the same time.

  3. EG says:

    Mine look a tiny bit different if u look at the pictures of the moths u can see that they have furry legs the ones on my porch don’t

  4. Jen says:

    As a catapilar would it eat my tree? What do they look like as a catapilar? I have a tree that has been pretty much devoured & I’m not sure if it was because I lod this guy & possibly some of his friends. Also I live in central Massachusetts has there been any other sightings of them around here?

  5. Russell says:

    de Havilland named a plane after that critter starting from 1932 & called it the DH 84 Dragon…One of the Moth series; having wings which folded for storage. Whilst the bug is harmless, the plane was hopeless, dangerous, & killed a lot of pilots & passengers.

  6. Sunny says:

    I found one of these cute white hairy larvae on my friends house plant. It was very interesting that on the leaves next to him/her was caviar like green eggs. Any ideas with this might have been? Also glad it wasn’t the poisonous one from Pennsylvania! I thought he was cute and took him outside

  7. Lucille Kellermann says:

    i live in west part of Tn, i found one on my mobile home 🙂

  8. Kelly says:

    We saw one of these only black on our front door yesterday. Looked exactly like a dragon!! Absolutely gorgeous!

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