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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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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Blackberry Looper Moth Caterpillar (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)

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/1197878

Family Geometridae – Geometrid Moths
Subfamily Geometrinae – Emeralds
Tribe Hemitheini

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/33362

Larval host:  generalist feeder, there are 31 listed hosts in the The Natural History Museum (London) HOSTS a Database of the World’s Lepidopteran Hostplants

“…larvae typically fed on the flowers of the hosts, especially in the Asteraceae. Wagner et al. (2002) list a variety of common hosts and note
the larvae also feed on leaves and fleshy fruits.” source: Larval Hostplants of Geometridae (Lepidoptera) Collected by Dale H. Habeck in Florida,” 116(1)
Deborah L. Matthews, Charles V. Covell, Katrina M. Lane, Jacqueline Y. Miller  Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington (1 January 2014)  pg 58)

Photos of adults which are small green moths with tan markings: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Chlorochlamys-chloroleucaria

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

Blackberry Looper Moth Caterpillarr (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crambid Snout Moth (Salbia sp. likely haemorrhoidalis)

There are three species of this genus documented for Florida (source: http://www.fsca-dpi.org/Lepidoptera/LepidopteraFLChecklistText.htm)

New to my life list.  Came to kitchen light. Very tiny.

Family Crambidae – Crambid Snout Moths
Subfamily Spilomelinae

Larval Host: Lantana

Sighting submitted for identification: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1197503

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Small Frosted Wave Moth (Scopula lautaria)

Small Frosted Wave Moth (Scopula lautaria )

Came to patio light but I often have seen them during the day.  Moth is very tiny, about 1/2 inch wing to wing.

Larval hosts:  unknown

Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Sterrhinae
Tribe Scopulini

From: January 2013 on Saw Palmetto

Learn more: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/700942

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black Witch Moth (Ascalapha odorata)

New to my buggy life list.

HUGE!  (at least 6 inches wide) Came to patio light after dark.  This poor guy was really tattered.

larval hosts: members of the pea family. “Recorded host genera: Acacia, Albizia, Cassia, Ebenopsis (Pithecellobium), Gymnocladus, Prosopis, Robinia, Samanea (Fabaceae)”

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/23779

Learn more: http://bugs.ufl.edu/bug-pix/bugs-around-house-gallery/black-witch-moth/

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