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Seirarctia echo

Seirarctia echo
Florida, USA
what is it?

Counties Seirarctia echo is found in Florida
You should add that it is also found in Volusia County and Flagler County. I live just on the county line, and my yard is full of them. I have another good photo of the larva if one is needed.

 
Seirarctia echo
I visit Flagler and Volusia beaches. Is this the caterpillar that is killed so abundantly on US A1A in April 2011 alongside the saw palmettos near Flagler Co. Volusia Co. line? I saw the larva in my yard at Flagler Beach.

seirarctia echo
Add Sarasota County, (Englewood) FL to the list.
For the last 9 weeks I have had an EXPLOSION of subject caterpillars here in Englewood (34223).5, May 2011

Carla, you can add Putnam Co.
Carla, you can add Putnam Co. and St. Johns Co. to the Florida list. The larvae feed on persimmon trees in the open longleaf pines woods near Lake Delancy (Ocala Forest, Hwy 19). In the early 70's I saw a larva on "coontie" on SR 207 near US 1. Adults were seen at lights (and a few collected) at a truck stop at that intersection in St. Johns Co. I believe that this species will be found in Seminole Co. and Lake Co. around the Wekiva River area. In Lake Co. there is the Seminole State Forest and SR 433 in the Wekiva Springs State Park off SR46. These are excellent places to look in April and May.

Not common?
According to this site there are only confirmed records in 8 counties in FL. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/fl/1823.htm
Carla Finley
Venice, FL
http://community.webshots.com/user/CarlaFinley

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Tiger moth
This is a member of the Tiger Moth family. Hodges# 8130 Seirarctia echo