Geographic location of the bug: Central FL
Time: 11:53 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Is this an echo moth?
How you want your letter signed: Nora
This is indeed an Echo Moth, Seirarctia echo, a species of Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, which we identified on BugGuide. According to BugGuide the range is “GA south through FL, west through MS.”
Thank you so much! We had an infestation of the echo moth caterpillars last summer and they almost wiped out my cycads before I noticed them. This is the first time I’ve seen the moth itself. Beautiful to look at but not a friend of my garden.
Do you have any suggestions for controlling them in the future?
Thank you again for such a quick response.
Sorry, we do not provide extermination advice.