Please help identify this moth larva

DR. JAMES ADAMS jadams at
Mon Feb 1 10:17:45 EST 1999

Dear Listers,

> >It is a fast moving caterpillar.
> Then I'll bet it's going to be an arctiid - don't even need to see the
> photo to wager money on that one. If there's oleander in the area, I'd put
> a side wager on it being Syntomeida epilais. I can't recall what Didasys
> belae or Empyreuma eat, though. There's a few nice arctiids down
> thereabouts. James?

Well, I tried accessing the image and couldn't.  If the caterpillar 
is bright yellowish-orange with black hairy tufts, it's Syntomeida 
epilais.  If it is bright yellowish-orange with yellowish-orange 
tufts, then its Empyreuma affinis.  If it is neither of these, then I 
need a description to work with.


Dr. James K. Adams
Dept. of Natural Science and Math
Dalton State College
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Dalton, GA  30720
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