Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Generalist whose larvae eat multiple crops so not a favorite with farmers. There are many native hosts and the larvae are parasitize by wasps and tachinid fly which are needed pollinators. Also preyed upon by the likes of damsel, big-eyed and pirate bugs making these moths have an important roll in the circle of life.

Larval host: include but are not limited to Florida native Rumex sp., Lactuca sp. and Plantago sp.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/yellowstriped_armyworm.htm

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