info on saddle-back moths, please

Carol R. Lemmon clemmon at
Thu Aug 20 09:33:36 EDT 1998

Hi Bill,

Regarding your inquiry about Saddle-back caterpillars, they form a
hard-shelled, brown cocoon which is made in a folded dead leaf in the
litter on the ground.  This seems to be the case for all the Limacodids (at
least the North American ones that I have reared).  For in-depth
information on the Saddle-backs, as well as other Limacodids, refer to the
early volumes of the Journal of the New York Entomological Society (late
1800's to the early 1900's) for the series of life history articles by
Dyar.  These papers, even though the taxonomy is quite dated, have detailed
descriptions of every life stage for 20 Limacodid species found in the New
York area.  Most of these species are also found in most of the US south of
New York.

Good luck.

Jeff Fengler
Research Assistant
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

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