Apatelodes torrefacta

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Spotted Apatelodes
Spotted Apatelodes (cropped).jpg
A Spotted Apatelodes showing faint brindling and singular white spots on each wing.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Bombycidae
Genus: Apatelodes
Species: A. torrefacta
Binomial name
Apatelodes torrefacta
(Smith, 1797)

Phalaena torrefacta Smith, 1797
Apatelodes torrefacta var. floridana H. Edwards, 1886

Apatelodes torrefacta, or Spotted Apatelodes, is a species of moth in the Bombycidae or Apatelodidae (if this family is considered valid) family. It is found from Maine and southern Ontario to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Wisconsin.[1]

Apatelodes torrefacta,
face-on view, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County, Tennessee.
Apatelodes torrefacta larva. Note the red prolegs. Caterpillar also occurs with white hairs

The wingspan is 32–42 mm. Adults are on wing from May to August. There are two generations per year in the south and one in the north.[1]

The larvae feed on Fraxinus, Prunus, Acer and Quercus species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Contributors (February 21, 2006). "Species Apatelodes torrefacta - Spotted Apatalodes - Hodges#7663". BugGuide. hosted by Iowa State University Entomology. Retrieved December 3, 2009.