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Skiff Moth (Prolimacodes badia)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Skiff Moth



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The adult Skiff Moth's brown and tan colors help hide it among leaf litter and tree branches.



Updated: 07/29/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Skiff Moth is a member of the Slug Moth family. This means that its larval form, the caterpillar, looks more like a slug than the typical, leggy, worm-like caterpillar most people are used to seeing. The green, oval-shaped caterpillar is hairless and the dorsal (back) side is raised forming a ramp-like mound from head to rear. This section of the back may be green or brown. The side ridges are raised near the highest point, making the caterpillar to look more like a dying leaf than an insect to predators. They are often found eating the leaves of a variety of trees and plants like blueberry bushes, oak, poplar and willow trees, and sweetgale. One generation is produced each year. The adults are on the wing from late spring through September.



General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Limacodidae
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          Genus: Prolimacodes
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            Species: badia
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Prolimacodes badia
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 24mm to 35mm (0.94" to 1.37")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, tan, white, green
Descriptors: two-toned, curve, oblong, oval, flat-backed, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 24mm and 35mm
Lo: 24mm
Md: 29.5mm
Hi: 35mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Skiff Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Skiff Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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