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Species Spodoptera latifascia - Velvet Armyworm Moth - Hodges#9670

Small Brown Caterpillar, Top View - Spodoptera latifascia Small Brown Caterpillar, Side View (taken with flash) - Spodoptera latifascia Caterpillar, Owlet Moth? - Spodoptera latifascia Caterpillar - Spodoptera latifascia Sphinx Caterpillar? - Spodoptera latifascia Sphinx Caterpillar? - Spodoptera latifascia Spodoptera? - Spodoptera latifascia Unknown caterpillar - Spodoptera latifascia
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Prodeniini
Genus Spodoptera (Armyworms)
Species latifascia (Velvet Armyworm Moth - Hodges#9670)
Hodges Number
9670
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spodoptera variolosa (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Prodenia variolosa Walker 1857
Size
WS ≈ 42 mm (based on specimen by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Range
se US to C. Amer. / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
Season
present year round in FL - MPG
Food
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
Moths of Maryland - Image of live adult from Texas
Lepidoptera of the French Antilles - Images of pinned adult male and female