Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 742410

Southern Armyworm Moth
Spodoptera eridania

Observation date: September 09, 2012
Submitted by: anna_holmes
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: The caterpillars are just over an inch long at this point. They have changed in color over the last couple of days to darker and more vibrant from almost translucent a couple of days ago. They are feeding on Milkweed leaves, and it doesn't seem to be toxic to them although I could not find any literature that states they use this as a host plant. The only other visual larva on the Milkweed is an as yet unidentified looper larva.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: November 05, 2012
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Alabama, Madison County