Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1280519

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth
Acharia stimulea

Observation date: July 12, 2017
Submitted by: BarbSendelbach
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: First instar. Newly emerged larvae on Spotted Jewelweed. I have personally seen them breed on at least 2 dozen shrubs, trees and forbes in my garden. Native and non-native. This species is not at all fussy when it comes to a host. Which is why one must always been careful where they put their hands, feet and face when walking around in the yard or woods mid to late summer.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: November 24, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Jersey, Sussex County