Estigmene acrea facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSalt marsh moth
The head and thorax are white. The abdomen is yellow-orange with a row of black spots. The fore wing (the top wing) is white with a variable amount of black spots (some individuals do not have these spots). The hind wing (the bottom wing) is yellow-orange in males. It is white in females. Both sexes have 3-4 black spots or blotches on their hind wings. The wingspan ranges from 4.5 to 6.8 cm.
The eggs are a yellowish color. They are laid in clusters on the host plant leaves. The Salt Marsh Caterpillar is highly variable in color. It ranges from pale yellow to dark brownish-black. It has many soft hairs. The hairs are longer towards the end of the body. The thoracic and abdominal segments have a few rows of either orange or black warts. The chrysalis hibernates in a cocoon.
Here is a list of host plants that the salt marsh caterpillar feeds on:
- Juglans sp. - walnut
- Malus domestica - Apple
- Nicotiana tabacum - Tobacco
- Pisum sativum - Pea
- Solanum tuberosum - Potato
- Trifolium sp. - clover
- Zea mays - Corn
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