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Moth id
Location: Ohio
October 25, 2010 2:11 pm
Hi bugman, Can you help me identify this moth? Perhaps a Fall webworm moth? Thanks for the help!
Signature: weisey

Dot Lined White Moth

Hi weisey,
Your moth has the descriptive common name of Dot Lined White, and the scientific name is
Artace cribraria.  The Dot Lined White is a member of the Lappet Moth and Tent Caterpillar family.

Hi Daniel, thanks so much for the id! Have a great day! S. Cyd “weisey” Read

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What moth is this?
Location:  Brownsville, Kentucky
October 20, 2010 11:56 am
I took this picture on 10/17/10 in Kentucky and was wondering what type of moth this is. I found them on this leaf and both of them had their wings closed until I picked it up to get a picture in the sun and the one opened it’s wings. Also, is image #2 a chrysalis for this moth?
Signature:  Susan

Dot Lined White Moths

Hi Susan,
We were amazed at the speed with which we identified your Dot Lined White Moths,
Artace cribraria.  We observed a similarity to the genus Tolype, so we searched the Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths on BugGuide, and quickly found a match in the Dot Lined White.  According to BugGuide:  “adults fly from June to October (1), or as early as March in the south  Food  Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus), cherry (Prunus), and rose (Rosa).”  It is highly likely that the cocoon is also that of a Dot Lined White.

Dot Lined White Cocoon

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Yellow moth with a face
May 4, 2010
Hi Bugman!
I have a new moth/caterpillar from Jakarta, Indonesia.


My housekeeper found the caterpillar munching on guava leaves. After two days it made the silk bag and pupated – from April 15 till this am. I have not seen this moth before. I found lots of silk bags on the trees but, they have a little role and the pupa is dried up inside.
Kemang, South Jakarta, Indonesia

Moth Caterpillar

Hi Miriam,
WE have not had any luck quickly trying to locate your moth on Bill Oehlke’s comprehensive website, nor on the Wild Silkmoths of Indonesia website.  The closest match is the genus Cricula, but that does not look correct to us.  Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with an answer, either by contacting Bill Oehlke, or by having one of our readers supply a response.

Bill Oehlke just wrote to us that this is NOT a Giant Silkmoth.  HMMMM.  What could it be?

Ryan and Mr. Goodwraith provide identifications
Not a saturniid, but a member of  Lasiocampoidea. This is a female Trabala pallida.

I’m sure ryan’s right. Compare with the specimen shown at The placement of the markings seems distinctive for T. pallida.
Mr. Goodwraith

Ed. Note: The Lasiocampoidea are known as Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths. Read Full Article →

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Our faithful reader R.G. Marion just sent us this lovely holiday greeting card with an enhanced image of a moth in the genus Tolype.  We believe this is the first holiday card our website has ever received.

Greeting Card with Tolype

Greeting Card with Tolype

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