Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lily Caterpillar Moth

 Lily Caterpillar Moth
 ( Spodoptera picta)
  This moth got its name from its favorite hostplants , the Lilies.  I found this very beautiful moth feeding on the Golden Lilies planted on the center island of the PdP main highway. 
   This is an example of introducing a new species  ( golden lily) that attracts another new and in turn becomes an invasive species. Their caterpillars caused a noticeable damage on the plants and they have virtually no predator but can be controlled  manually by destroying their eggs or by chemical means.

The Egg

The caterpillar

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