Please help identify this moth larva

DR. JAMES ADAMS jadams at
Mon Feb 1 12:23:14 EST 1999

Dear Listers,

          Tony Thomas sent me an image of the caterpillar.  You'll 
have to excuse my stupidity.  The larva is that of the moth 
Seirarctia echo.  The larvae feed happily on cycads (Zamia), and are 
one of the very few that do.  I should have known what it was 
immediately from this information.  BTW, arctiid larvae are some of 
the fastest known.  I once clocked larvae of Apantesis phalerata at 
0.3 miles per hour over a short distance.


Dr. James K. Adams
Dept. of Natural Science and Math
Dalton State College
213 N. College Drive
Dalton, GA  30720
Phone: (706)272-4427; fax: (706)272-2533
U of Michigan's President James Angell's 
  Secret of Success: "Grow antennae, not horns"

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