Caterpillars of the
World - Peru
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - APATELODIDAE
Shag Carpet Prothysana felderi, Tatama
NP, Colombia © Adrian
The Apatelodidae are a fascinating family of moths found in
temperate and tropical habitats from Canada to Bolivia and Brazil.
Their larvae, which are popularly known as 'shag carpet'
caterpillars, are characterised by having thick coats of red or buff
coloured 'hair' or setae, interwoven with a carpet-like pattern in
black and / or white.
This species is
found from Mexico to Bolivia.
Prothysana felderi is found in primary
and secondary rainforest and cloudforest habitats at altitudes
between about 200-1800m.
The larva of Prothysana
felderi varies in appearance from
instar to instar. It also occurs in various colour forms across its
geographical range. Some varieties have a buff or olive ground
colour, with tussocks of red setae on the thoracic and anal
segments, while others are deep red, with ribbons of black or white
setae along the backs. The larvae feed on
The adults of Apatelodidae are known as 'head-standing' moths due to
their odd resting posture as illustrated below.
Quentalia roseilinea ( or closely
related species ), Satipo, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins