Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

Location: Vero Beach, West Regional WWTP

Today, I'm a Salt Marsh Caterpillar,
Soon I'll be a pupae for about two weeks.
Then when my metamorphosis is complete,
A Salt Marsh Moth is what I'll be.

(Special thanks to John Capinera, Professor Emeritus & Co-Editor, Florida Entomologist, Entomology & Nematology Department at the University of Florida for helping me confirm the ID. In the future when attempting to ID caterpillars, I will remember to get a lateral view and a picture of the head as per his advice.)

Sources: Butterflies and Moths of North America - Salt Marsh Moth or Acrea Moth - Estigmene acrea

UF|IFAS Featured Creatures - Salt Marsh Caterpillar

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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