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Lasiocampa quercus01.jpg
Oak eggar, Lasiocampa quercus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
(unranked): Ditrysia
Superfamily: Lasiocampoidea


over 1,600 species

Lasiocampoidea is the superfamily of "lappet moths", containing two families of small to very large moths. The Lasiocampidae have a global distribution, while the Anthelidae ("Australian lappet moths") are found only in Australia and New Zealand. About 158 genera are known.[1]

The group is closely related to the Bombycoidea and sometimes merged therein.


  1. ^ Lemaire, C. & Minet, J. (1999). The Bombycoidea and their relatives. Pp. 321-353 In: Kristensen, N.P. (ed.), Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies, 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbuch der Zoologie 4 (35): 321-353. Walter de Gruyter. Berlin, New York

Further reading[edit]

  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002

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