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Species Spodoptera latifascia - Velvet Armyworm Moth - Hodges#9670

Dark Caterpillar - Spodoptera latifascia Small Brown Caterpillar, Side View (taken with flash) - Spodoptera latifascia Caterpillar, Owlet Moth? - Spodoptera latifascia  Velvet Armyworm Moth - Spodoptera latifascia  Velvet Armyworm Moth - Hodges #9670 - Spodoptera latifascia Spodoptera latifascia Brownish (?) and white moth - Spodoptera latifascia Unknown caterpillar - Spodoptera latifascia
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Prodeniini
Genus Spodoptera (Armyworms)
Species latifascia (Velvet Armyworm Moth - Hodges#9670)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spodoptera variolosa (Walker, 1857)
wingspan about 42 mm (based on specimen by Jim Vargo at MPG)
southern United States to Central America
larvae feed on leaves of low plants and garden crops such as tomato and eggplant
See Also
see illustrated key to Spodoptera by Pierre Zagatti
also compare adult images of this and several related species by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - Images of live adults by Machele White, Florida, plus common name reference
Moths of Maryland - Image of live adult from Texas
Moths of the Grenadines - Image of pinned adults; male/female side by side
All-Leps - 20 images of pinned adults plus map of collection points in Costa Rica
Lepidoptera of the French Antilles - Images of pinned adult male and female