CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Groundsel Plume Moth (Hellinsia balanotes)
a.k.a groundsel stemboring moth; Baccharis Borer Plume Moth
Large by plume moth standards. Larvae bore into stems.
Introduced into Australia to control B. halimifolia which is an invasive species on that continent.
My encounter was submitted and accepted to add this species to the Osceola county Florida checklist at butterfliesandmoths.org http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1109044
larval hosts: Groundsel Bush (Baccharis halimifolia), Great-Plains Falsewillow (Baccharis neglecta), Saltwater Falsewillow (Baccharis angustifolia)