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Compendium Spot ID Tutorials Labs Glossary NC Pests

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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Saturniidae

Silk Moths

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Key Characters:

  • Large moths with thick, hairy bodies
  • Wings often with transparent eye spots
  • Antennae bipectinate or feathery; larger in males than in females.

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Silk moths have thick and hairy bodies with a wing span that can range over six inches.  The wings have dark eye spots.  The characteristics of the antenna varies, but can be bipectinate or feathery.  Most of the time, the males have a large antennae.  The larvae are covered in tubercles and spines, while the pupae are wrapped in silk cocoons that are attached to twigs and leaves.