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  • Large Tolype Moth - (Tolype velleda)

    Large Tolype Moth - (Tolype velleda)

    The fluffy brown and white Large Tolype Moth is so furry, its hard to not want to pet one.


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    Staff Writer (9/30/2014): The Large Tolype Moth is a type of Lappet Moth. A lappet is a fold or flap historically seen on the white 'bonnet's worn by women in the 18th century. The caterpillar of this type of moth has a kind of flap on its prolegs. The very different looking adult has a heap of white fur on its body, legs and antennae. They are medium to large in size. Their hindwings are a light brown with thin white, wavy lines that span across them.

    Dull gray caterpillars are somewhat hairy and can be found eating the leaves and soft foliage of a variety of trees and shrubs: apple, plum, cherry, apricot, almond, birch, poplar, oak, beech and citrus. They are most active in the summer. Adults can be seen on or around these same plants from midsummer to autumn. They do not eat, focusing completely on reproduction instead while they are still alive.

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    Details of the:
    Large Tolype Moth


    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Large Tolype Moth
    Scientific Name: Tolype velleda
    Other Names: Velleda Lappet Moth

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Lasiocampidae
           Genus: Tolype
            Species: velleda





    Size (Adult, Length): 15mm to 28mm (0.59in to 1.10in)

    Identifying Colors: white, brown

    Additional Descriptors: furry, fluffy, hairy, flying, tumor, fleshy


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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