Ornate Bella Moth caterpillar (Utetheisa ornatrix)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ornate Bella Moth caterpillar (Utetheisa ornatrix)

I saw some rabbitbells with ripe seed pods. Crotalaria rotundifolia (RABBITBELLS) is a larval host for this moth species.

Knowing that the larvae of bella moths drill into the pods to eat the seeds, I took a peak and discovered one with the signature hole. I cracked it open to find this tiny guy. I returned him to the plant to get started on the next pod, which he seemed happy to crawl onto.

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/leps/bella_moth.htm

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20121006173112/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/what%e2%80%99s-in-a-day.html

Take 2:
http://web.archive.org/web/20120702071508/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/half-hidden-beauty-in-the-garden.html

I used a hawkweed leaf as a backdrop.

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3 comments
    • Loret said:

      thanks Charlie! One of my favorite daytime moths

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