Empty Southern Flannel Moth Cocoons on Oak Tree

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)?
Kelly Reetz
Naturalist – Gulf State Park

Hi Kelly,
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.

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