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American lappet moth
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
Order:
Family:
Lasiocampidae
Genus:
Phyllodesma
Species:
P. americana
Binomial name
Phyllodesma americana
(Harris, 1841)
Synonyms
  • Phyllodesma americana ssp. canadensis Lajonquiére, [1969]
  • Gastropacha ferruginea Packard, [1865]
  • Phyllodesma americana f. clarinervata Lajonquiére, [1969]
  • ?Phyllodesma americana ssp. santilaurensis Lajonquiére, [1969]
  • Gastropacha californica Packard, 1872
  • Gastropacha mildei Stretch, 1872
  • Gastropacha roseata Stretch, 1872
  • Phyllodesma dyari Rivers, 1893

Phyllodesma americana, the American lappet moth, is a moth of the family Lasiocampidae. It is found from Nova Scotia to Georgia, west through Texas to California, north to British Columbia and Yukon.

The wingspan is 29–49 mm. Adults are on wing from March to September in two generations in the south. In eastern Ontario, adults are on wing from May to July. The flight season in Ohio is from April to August. There is one generation per year in the northern part of the range.

The larvae feed on the leaves of Alnus, Betula, Quercus, Populus, Salix, Ceanothus velutinus, Chrysolepis chrysophylla and Rosoideae species.

Subspecies

  • Phyllodesma americana rockiesensis
  • Phyllodesma americana borealis
  • Phyllodesma americana alascensis
  • Phyllodesma americana californica
  • Phyllodesma americana dyari
  • Phyllodesma americana celsivolans
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