Hypercompe scribonia – Giant Leopard Moth

Hodges # 8146

Caterpillar food:  many plants including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maple, orange, sunflower, violet, willow  (Bugguide)

5/31/2016

 

I often see the caterpillars in late summer and fall, crawling on the driveway, or hiding under boxes or pots that are sitting on gravel, and sometimes on tree trunks at my moth bait.

7/23/2016

 

9/20/2016

 

This is one that I kept over the winter as a caterpillar, fed it a little more in the spring before it pupated, and then released the adult after it emerged.   Here’s the full life cycle.

9/26/2011

 

6/11/2012  The adult emerged.

 

6/11/2012  And was released.

 

5/28/2015

Hypercompe scribonia 5-28-15 1

 

5/28/2015

Hypercompe scribonia 5-28-15 2

 

5/28/2015

Hypercompe scribonia 5-28-15 3

 

6/7/2015

Hypercompe scribonia 6-7-15 1

 

6/10/2014

Hypercompe scribonia 6-10-14 1

 

6/10/2014

Hypercompe scribonia 6-10-14 2

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