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Hibiscus Leaf Caterpillar Moth

Anomis privata


Grayish brown caterpillar with black spots, yellow, green/blue and pinkish coloration could be seen at times depending on the movement of the caterpillar. Found crawling on the ground and preferred to be there. This species is found in Japan, China and Taiwan (Wikipedia) and in the US. It may be an introduced species but I have not found that information yet. It seems to found (or at least reported from) mostly in the Northeastern US.


Suburban backyard garden.


Also called Rose of Sharon Moth. Found this caterpillar crawling on the ground while weeding the garden. Perhaps it was searching for a place to pupate. The yard has both Hibiscus and Rose of Sharon in the yard. Thank you keithp2012 for the ID!

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keithp2012 8 years ago

Sounds good, i'll be adding more photos next year too!

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Keith, I might photograph the ROS and the giant hibiscus next year when they are blooming. They are my mother-in-law's (most of the gardens are hers). I don't know if she knows what types they are but I can ask.

keithp2012 8 years ago

I also live in New York and found one on my Rose Of Sharon plants too but they eat Hibiscus also. I'm trying to cross breed various rose of Sharon so my original stock is from all over so wherever nurseries get there plants they must be imported. I've got a photo in my spottings and your right there is barely any info on them. You should post spottings of your ROS and hibiscus too always great to see all the varieties people have!

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Thanks Keith! You nailed it. I wish there was a bit more info out there on it so I could find out if it is introduced (which I believe it is).

keithp2012 8 years ago

I think a hibiscus leaf moth

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New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Aug 3, 2012

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