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Yellow-striped Armyworm moth caterpillar - Spodoptera ornithogalli

Yellow-striped Armyworm moth caterpillar - Spodoptera ornithogalli
Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida, USA
December 25, 2011
Size: 1cm
Here we have an opportunist caterpillar. It must have come in with food I provided for other caterpillars. By the time it was discovered, it was about 1cm. (Very small!) It is a generalist (eats a variety of plants) and doesn't have much visible setae. Somewhat seems to match Yellow-striped Armyworm p.433 in Wagner's. It does appear to have eyespots amid its stripes.

In the follow-up photos you will see as the caterpillar grows into larger instars that the eyespots (or significant black spots) are first at the anterior end and later at the posterior end. Also the yellow stripe in this individual becomes less noticeable at 5cm.

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Moved
Moved from Armyworms.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

 
Eclosed today-
Pictures of pupa and imago coming soon in a few days. Very pretty.

Definitely one of the Spodoptera
Hoping our new Wagner, supposed to be delivered next week!, will help us sort these out.

 
new wagner book
My copy arrived...it is one heck of a reference guide...thumb's up.

 
I'll have to order
a copy! Hope it's good.

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