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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Lasiocampa known for?

Lasiocampa is a genus of moths in the family Lasiocampidae, which are commonly known for their hairy caterpillars.
The name Lasiocampa comes from the Greek words lasios, meaning "hairy", and kampa, meaning "larva".

There are many species of Lasiocampa moths, distributed in various regions of the world.
Some of the most well-known ones are:
  • The oak eggar (Lasiocampa quercus), which is found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
    The adult moths have brown or yellow wings with a white spot and a yellow band on the forewings.
    The males are smaller and darker than the females.
    The caterpillars are black or gray with yellow or white markings and long hairs.
    They feed on various trees and shrubs, especially oaks.
  • The grass eggar (Lasiocampa trifolii), which is also found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
    The adult moths have reddish-brown wings with a white spot and a yellow band on the forewings.
    The caterpillars are black or brown with yellow or white markings and long hairs.
    They feed on various grasses and herbs.
  • The giant eggar (Lasiocampa grandis), which is found in Greece, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Armenia.
    The adult moths have gray or brown wings with a white spot and a yellow band on the forewings.
    The caterpillars are black or gray with yellow or white markings and long hairs.
    They feed on various trees and shrubs, especially pines and junipers.
    Lasiocampa moths are usually nocturnal, except in high altitudes where they fly during the day.
The males fly around in search of females, while the females lay eggs on the host plants.
The caterpillars hatch and feed for several months, then spin cocoons of silk and hairs to pupate.
The cocoons are often attached to branches or leaves.
The adult moths emerge after a few weeks or months, depending on the species and the climate.

Lasiocampa moths are not considered pests, but their caterpillars can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people who touch them.
The caterpillars have stinging hairs that contain a venomous substance.
The symptoms can include itching, burning, swelling, rash, or blisters.
The best way to avoid contact with the caterpillars is to wear gloves and long sleeves when handling them or their cocoons.
If contact occurs, the affected area should be washed with soap and water and treated with antihistamines or corticosteroids.
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Where does the Lasiocampa live?

Lasiocampa is a genus of moths in the family Lasiocampidae.
The Lasiocampa species are distributed in various regions of the world, such as Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.
The most well-known specie is the oak eggar (Lasiocampa quercus) is a species that lives in Europe, except for the far north and parts of the Mediterranean area, and extends eastward to the Altai Mountains.
It inhabits open woodlands, moorlands, and alpine meadows, and is especially common near the tree line in the Alps.
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