Thursday, April 30, 2015

Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth

Scott King told me the identity of this moth. Field marks include the large, liver-shaped spots on the back of the wings—spots that have a large black dot on the inner halves. I found this moth, to my surprise, on a fake, floating waterlily in our water-feature. (The water-feature is always too shady and now is too early for waterlilies for the pond to support real waterlilies.)

A wide variety of deciduous trees serve as hosts for Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth caterpillars. These caterpillars are, indeed, green and often damage fruit crops. The genus is usually nocturnal and can be baited with sugar water or light (Peterson (2012). To me, because of its furry body and black eyes, this moth looked like a caped, extra-terrestrial creature from a Star Wars movie. In fact not extra-terrestrial, this species is found throughout eastern North America.

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