Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scolecocampa liburna (Geyer, 1837)
Clytie liburna Geyer, 1837
Phylogenetic sequence # 930637
: Straw-colored FW, with fragmented AM and PM lines reduced to rows of brown dots. Tiny black basal and orbicular spots are black. Hollow reniform spot
is outlined brown. Dotted ST has dusky blotch beyond midpoint. (1)
Caterpillar lacks prolegs
(except for vestigial stumps) on the third abdominal segment, characteristic of genus (Forbes, 1954, ref. pers. comm. Dr. Steve Hall to P. Coin).
Historic description of caterpillar from Psyche vol. 2, Sept.-Dec., 1879. (Nos. 65-68), p. 272:
Length 38 mm., thickness 6 mm. Color, dirty white. Smooth and shining, with a few scattered hairs, Head and anal segment black. Contents of the intestinal canal showing through the skin of the dorsum. On each segment are twelve small black spots, two on each side of the dorsum, and four in the vicinity of the breathers. Legs and pro-legs light brown, the former rather darker than the latter.
Adults are most common from March-October, with earlier starting flight in the southern areas.
Heppner (2003) reported adults in Florida from January to November. (6)
Larvae feed inside decaying logs of deciduous trees, may actually be feeding on fungi therein. (7)
Covell, p. 160, plate 40 #8 (8)