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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cypress Emerald Moth (Nemoria elfa)

Cypress Emerald Moth

Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Nemoriini

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.”

Learn: http://moths.friendscentral.org/nemoria-elfa.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile xylocopoides)

Black Leaf Cutter Bee

Subgenus Melanosarus.

Solitary native bee which uses patches from leaves to create nests. Similar in look to a carpenter bee, the leafcutters carry pollen on their abdomen rather than in leg baskets. Also, serves as a host for parasitic bees.

Learn: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Megachile+xylocopoides#Hosts

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/melanosarus.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

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