New on Featured Creatures! Giant woolly bear (larva), giant or great leopard moth (adult)

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The giant leopard moth is our largest eastern tiger moth. It was formerly in the family Arctiidae which now composes the subfamily Arctiinae in the family Erebidae (Beadle & Leckie 2012). Giant leopard moths are nocturnal (Fullard & Napoleone 2001). Males are commonly attracted to lights at night. Sometimes dozens of males come to bright lights set out in good habitat (Marc Minno personal communication). Females are less common around lights.


Figure 1. Giant leopard moth, Hypercompe scribonia (Stoll 1790). Photograph by Donald W. Hall, University of Florida.


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Author: Donald W. Hall, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida


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Posted: August 11, 2014

Category: Conservation, Forests, Natural Resources, Recreation, Wildlife
Tags: Featured Creatures, FL Natives, Pest Alert, UF/IFAS Pest Alert

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