Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar

The Genista Broom Moths Caterpillar. These are tenting caterpillars similar to the Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

Genista Broom Moth on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden
Genista Broom Moth on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

These caterpillars leave silk like strands from leaf to leaf and create a tent or canopy like web for their pupa stage. These moths have 5 instars (stages of life). Two stages are the caterpillar (orange and green), pupa and two adult stages.

Host plants are Skyblue Lupine and False Indigo

Genista Broom Moth 3
Genista Broom Moth Caterpillars  on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/132367

http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/lepidopt/Pyralidae/Uresiphita.htm

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2013/03/moth-monday-sophora-worm.html

 

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