The fluffy brown and white Large Tolype Moth is so furry, its hard to not want to pet one.
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.
Scientific Name: Tolype velleda
Other Name(s): Velleda Lappet Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 28mm (0.59in to 1.09in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.