Diphthera festiva larva color variant? Out of season? - Melanchroia chephise
Valrico, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
June 12, 2018
Size: 2-3 centimeters
According to the University of Florida (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in601) the hieroglyphic moth should appear in late summer and fall, and should be white or cream colored. This larva seems to have all the appropriate characteristics, save that its base color is yellow and it has appeared in early June. I haven’t located any similar species within the Noctuidae family, but perhaps someone here has more information regarding other species, or variation within the species... Thanks much for your help!