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Yellow Striped Army Moth

Spodoptera ornithogalli

Description:

The body varies from dark grey to black in color with two prominent yellow stripes along each side. Below this yellow stripe there are other less distinct stripes including a pink stripe above the prologs. Two dark triangles may be apparent on the top of each segment. There may be a noticeable dark spot above and behind the hind legs, but this can be difficult to see on darker larvae. There is an inverted white ‘Y’ on the dark head capsule with a netlike pattern. The larva can reach 1-3/4 inches in length.

Habitat:

Our garden :-( in Windwardside at the foot of Mount Scenery, the volcano that makes Saba, in the Caribbean Sea, Dutch Caribbean.

Notes:

Unfortunately several where eating away at my lilly pads. What was interesting here though is that rectangular thing. It looks a bit like a shark egg sack. What is it???? Is this the way they lay their eggs?

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Muckpuk
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Muckpuk

Saba, Caribisch Nederland, Netherlands

Spotted on Apr 30, 2020
Submitted on Apr 30, 2020

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