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Brief Summary

    Dalceridae: Brief Summary
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    The Dalceridae are a small family of zygaenoid moths with some 80[verification needed] known species encompassing about one dozen genera mostly found in the Neotropical region with a few reaching the far south of the Nearctic region.

    These are generally small or medium-sized moths with very hairy bodies. The larvae are rather slug-like and, along with the larvae of the sister taxa Limacodidae and Megalopygidae, are often known as slug caterpillars. More specifically, they are also called jewel caterpillars due to the colorful bead-like gelatinous mass covering the exoskeleton of many species.

     src= larva of Acraga coa, showing gelatinous covering

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