Lochmaeus manteo

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Variable oakleaf caterpillar moth
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Notodontidae
Genus: Lochmaeus
Species: L. manteo
Binomial name
Lochmaeus manteo
Doubleday, 1841
  • Tadana cinerascens Walker, 1855
  • Lochmaeus subalbicans (Grote, 1864)

Lochmaeus manteo, the variable oakleaf caterpillar moth, is a moth of the Notodontidae family. It is found in eastern North America.

The wingspan is 37–50 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October.

The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, especially Quercus species. The larva can spray formic acid which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin.

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