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Subject: scary cat o nine tail butt!
Location: Florida
December 6, 2013 11:53 am
Hi this bug was on a glass door inside my house in Vero Beach Florida. His butt sways back and forth in a threatening way he is maybe a half inch big. Are those stingers ,are they poison poison and what is he?
Thanks
Signature: Blondeponder

Melonworm Moth

Melonworm Moth

Dear Blondeponder,
This is a Melonworm Moth
, Diaphania hyalinata, or a closely related species in the same genus.  The Melonworm Moth does not sting, nor is it poisonous, however, it is considered to be a pest species if its larvae are numerous.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on cucumber family plants: cucumber, melon, squash.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

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