Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Skiff Moth (Prolimacodes badia)

The skiff moth (Prolimacodes badia), is a moth of the Limacodidae family. It is found in Americas from Southern Canada, USA all the way up to Costa Rica and Beliz. In North America, it reaches west to southern Ontario, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi.

The larvae feed on the leaves of a wide variety of trees and shrubs, including birch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, oak, poplar, willow and even poison ivy.

Specific name badia comes from the Latin "badius" (reddish-brown or bay-colored); probably refers to the color of the patches on the forewing, and skiff perhaps from the resemblance of the caterpillar to one of those small boats.


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