One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A day-flying tussock moth, the female of which is wingless and lays eggs on the cocoon from which she emerged.
Genus Orgyia, family Lymantriidae: several species, in particular O. antiqua, which is often seen in towns
- ‘A few types of insects live on red maples, including weevils, buff-tip moths, and vapourer moths.’
- ‘Its only taken a week for this vapourer moth larva to do one moult.’
- ‘Female vapourer moths may not be able to fly, but they are egg-laying machines.’
- ‘When the eggs hatch, the young caterpillars first eat the eggs, then disperse on threads of silk (hence the name ‘vapourer’).’
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