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The cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum is a species not native to Florida but whose numbers in the state have been increasing since its first appearance in 1989. Adults are non-descript gray-brown moths with faint dark dots and wavy transverse lines marking the wings. The rear margins of the hindwings are whitish and semitransparent and the antennae and legs are long. Larvae are caterpillars that are pink-cream colored at first and become orange with age. Black and red dots on the dorsal surface of each body segment coalesce with age to form dark bands (APHIS 2005, Floyd 2007, ISSG).


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© Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce

Source: Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

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