Authors as Published

Theresa A. Dellinger, Lab Technician, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech and Eric Day, Insect Identification Lab Manager, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech

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The hag moth, Phobetron pithecium (Smith) (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae), is a native species found in shrubby fields and deciduous forests in the eastern half of the United States. Adult hag moths are rarely noticed, but the bizarre appearance of the caterpillars captures attention when seen. In addition, hag moth caterpillars have stinging hairs that produce skin irritations in some people.

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Publication Date

January 10, 2023