Large Tolype Moth (Tolype velleda)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Large Tolype Moth.
Updated: 10/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.