CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cypress Emerald Moth (Nemoria elfa)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Geometrinae (Emeralds)
New to my buggy life list. My encounter was submitted and accepted to add this species to the Osceola county Florida checklist at butterfliesandmoths.com https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1154975
This tiny beauty was seeking moisture on my kitchen sponge.
larval hosts: SWEETGUM (Liquidambar styraciflua) (source: Natural History Museum, London)
“reported (Ferguson 1985) as being reared on sweetgum leaves (Liquidambar styraciflua), but the more common host plant appears to be baldcypress (Taxodium distichum). Wagner’s Field Guide to Eastern caterpillars gives the species the name Cypress Emerald and reports baldcypress as the host plant.”