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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Emerald Moth Caterpillar (Synchlora sp.)

This species adorn itself with remants of flowers and leaves as camouflage. Most caterpillars feed on Compositae. They also feed on other plant families such as Rosaceae and Polygonaceae and some are polyphagous.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/8002

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

 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Diamondback Moth (Plutella xylostella)

This guy (gal?) was hanging out in the shower which seems odd because they apparently have an aversion to rain and sprinklers.

Can damage cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower crops but in broccoli and cauliflower, the damage is indirect because they feed on leaves and not on flower head.

Rain plays a major roll in control.

Learn: http://web.entomology.cornell.edu/shelton/veg-insects-global/english/dbm.html

Diadegma insulare, a parasitoid wasp is an effective biological control for caterpillars, but if you use any pesticides it will kill the wasp growing in the larva and  defeat the effectiveness.

Diamondback Moth (Plutella xylostella)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)

Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth (Darapsa myron)

New to my buggy life list. My encounter was submitted and accepted to add this species to the Osceola county Florida checklist at butterfliesandmoths.org
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1200487

Family Sphingidae – Sphinx Moths
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Macroglossini

Learn: https://www.sphingidae.us/darapsa-myron.html

Larval hosts: Grape (Vitis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) (source: The Natural History Museum (London) HOSTS a Database of the World’s Lepidopteran Hostplants)
Larvae feed on leaves of peppervine (Ampelopsis spp.), grape, and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). (source: https://bugguide.net/node/view/3568)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bagworm Moth Caterpillar (Family Psychidae)

Bagworm Moth Caterpillar (Family Psychidae)

These moth caterpillars adorn themselves with various organic materials including leaf debris, constructing a protective case out of them. What you find may not be the pupal stage (this one is actively feeding), although they also pupate inside the “bag”.

Some host on lichens, others, such as this species, on plant material.

Predators include ichneumon wasps, birds mammals and reptiles.

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/122

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TROPICAL SAGE; BLOOD SAGE (Salvia coccinea)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/its-in-the-bagin-the-garden/

Take II: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/barbecued-bagworm-moths/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Owlet Moth (Epidromia sp. likely rotundata)

Found before dawn on the patio cover where it meets the house.

Superfamily Noctuoidea – Owlet Moths and kin
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Eulepidotinae

larval hosts: no listings at the HOSTS database

Learn:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/87272

Learn more:  nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zEEB/leprefs/Epidromia.pdf

I had found this species one other time inside the house back in Sept 2016: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1103171

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Milky Urola Moth (Argyria lacteella)

Can be differentiated from the similar snowy urola moth (Urola nivalis) by the spots on the wings. Tiny details matter when determining insect identification.

Larval host listed for Puerto Rico is Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus) (source: HOSTS database)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BUSHY BLUESTEM GRASS (Andropogon sp. likely glomeratus) (gone to seed)

Superfamily Pyraloidea – Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths
Family Crambidae – Crambid Snout Moths
Subfamily Crambinae – Crambine Snout Moths
Tribe Argyriini

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/55379
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