Lithacodes fasciola

Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth

Lithacodes fasciola, Yellow-shouldered Slug Moth, image from West Virginia


Family: Limacodidae

Wingspan: 18 - 24 mm


The slug caterpillars of Lithacodes fasciola feed on leaves of a great variety of woody plants, among them elm, apple, beech, oak, and hickory.

Wagner (2005) reported that 2/3rds of the Yellow-Shoulder Slug Caterpillars he has collected have been parasitzed by tachinid flies. Braconid wasps, too, develop inside the caterpillars of this species.

Photo location: Hacker's Creek Road, Upshur County, West Virginia.

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