White, black & Orange moth
May 29, 2010
We found the attached moth in Austin Texas. It has white wings marked with black markings. Body and underside of wings predominantly burnt orange
Glen & daughter Kennedy
Pflugerville, Texas

Salt Marsh Moth

Dear Glen and Kennedy,
This lovely Tiger Moth is known as the Salt Marsh Moth, Estigmene acrea.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on a wide variety of mainly weedy plants including pigweed (Amaranthus spp.), anglepod (Gonolobus spp.), Sicklepod (Cassia tora), Dog Fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium), ground cherry (Physalis spp.), and mallow (Anoda spp.), plus crops such as alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, clover, corn, cotton, lettuce, onion, pea, potato, soybean, sugarbeet, tobacco, tomato, and turnip. On rare occasions, they also feed on leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs: alder, apple, cherry, elderberry, pear, poplar, and serviceberry, according to Handfield.

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