8574 – Anticarsia gemmatalis,

Velvetbean Caterpillar Moth 

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General Species Information

Host Plant: Larvae feed on pea family plants (Fabaceae), including alfalfa, soybeans, velvetbeans; Host unknown in the Keys

Historical Range: Eastern USA and the Caribbean 

Our Experience with this Species: This species is somewhat common on Key Largo in the winter months. Jim Troubridge reports them from Bahia Honda Key as well. 

Notes: This species is highly variable

Distribution Chart

K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island

Adult Flight Chart

  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

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