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Anticarsia gemmatalis (velvetbean caterpillar)


Wikipedia Abstract

Anticarsia gemmatalis is a tropical species of caterpillar and moth that migrates north each season. The species can commonly be found in the Gulf states, north as far as Wisconsin. The adults have wings that are grayish brown, crossed with brown or black zigzag lines. The caterpillars are black or green, with narrow lighter stripes on the back and sides. They spit out a brownish substance, spring into the air and wriggle a lot when they are disturbed. The species eats velvet beans, peanut, soybeans, cotton, kudzu, alfalfa, cowpeas, horse beans, snap beans, lima beans, and coffeeweeds. Its common name is velvetbean caterpillar and velvetbean moth.
View Wikipedia Record: Anticarsia gemmatalis


Wing Span [1]  1.339 inches (.034 m)

Prey / Diet


Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Florida predatory stink bug)[4]


Parasitized by 
Chetogena scutellaris[2]
Euplectrus puttleri[1]
Meteorus autographae[1]
Voria ruralis[2]
Winthemia rufopicta[1]

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Anticarsia gemmatalis (Hübner) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), Kathryn A. Barbara, University of Florida, September 2000. Latest revision: June 2014
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), Frank W. Mead (retired), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, and David B. Richman, University of Florida, October 2000. Latest revision: May 2013
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0