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Salt marsh moth (♂)

Estigmene acrea


This species has white forewings with orange hindwings.The face has black slightly feathery antennae.The legs are striped white and black with the thorax hairs having white and orange.This specimen was a male and was bred.


Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas.This one with others were bred indoors on Henbit dead nettle that is a common Texas weed.The habitat for this generation was a grassy field where I found some caterpillars around mid-November.


This species is found throughout North America and parts of Africa and Central America.Male specimen bred on Henbit dead nettle.About a 40 mm. Wingspan with a length of 30 mm.This moth has a gland that can secrete Alkaloids, that is a yellow toxic substance that they sequester from the host plants.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 23, 2019
Submitted on May 16, 2020

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