mystery caterpillar, answer to Harriett

Eric or Pat Metzler spruance at
Sun Dec 23 20:40:28 EST 2001


This is undoubtedly a member of the Arctiidae (Tiger moth family). 
Knowing more about the color of the tufts and the size of the 
caterpillar will help.  Feeding on Apocynaceae (although not this 
species) is well recorded for many species of tiger moths.

When James Adams begins reading his messages after Christmas I'm sure he 
can tell you even more.'

Best wishes for the Holidays,

Eric Metzler in Columbus OH where it is raining and cold.

Harriett Wright wrote:

> Can anyone tell me what butterfly or other insect uses Pentalinon
> lutea as a host plant?  The caterpillars are orange with tufts of
> straight stiff hairs.  The Pentalinon is growing somewhat north of its
> natural range, in Tampa, FL.
> Thanks,
> Harriett


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