CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Io Moth (Automeris io)
This beauty was resting on the kitchen door at night.
Adults do not feed
Larval host: multiple plants, “A variety of plants including hackberry (Celtis), willow (Salix), mesquite (Prosopis), redbud (Cercis), currant (Ribes), blackberry (Rubus), and pear (Pyrus)”
Eyespots are HUGE on the underwings.
Caterpillars are of the “stinging” type: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/io-moth-caterpillars-automeris-io/
Io Moth (Automeris io)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Tortricid Moth (Sparganothis distincta)
a type of leaf roller in the Tortricidae Family. Second species in this genus found on the same plants this week.
Superfamily Tortricoidea – Tortricid Moths
Family Tortricidae – Tortricid Moths
larval host Solidago sp. source: Tortricinae LACM Index North America
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Sparganothis Fruitworm Moth (Sparganothis sulfureana)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
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
Larval hosts: Larvae of S. sulfureana are polyphagous and have been recorded feeding on plants in nearly 20 families.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa), a larval host.
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.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)
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.
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)