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Hyphantria cunea

Common Name: Fall Webworm
Hyphantria cunea
Hyphantria cunea

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Hyphantria
Species: Hyphantria cunea

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Fall webworm moths have a 1" wingspan. They are wite with dark spots when adults. As caterpillars, they are hairy, white, and have black and orange spots.

Habitat & Range

These moths live along forest edges throughout the US, Southern Canada, and Northern Mexico. They are also found in Europe and parts of Asia.


Fall webworms build their nests towards the ends of branches in the fall. They eat the leaves of hardwood trees.

Caterpillars are diurnal, while adults are nocturnal.

Featured image by James Dake


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