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Melanchra picta (zebra caterpillar)

Wikipedia Abstract

The zebra caterpillar is the larva of an American noctuid moth (Melanchra picta) that feeds on cabbages, beets and other cultivated plants.The head, thorax, and forewings of adults are chestnut- or reddish-brown, usually with purplish brown mottling on the wings. The whitish hind wings have pale brown margins. The abdomen is light gray. The wingspan is 35 to 40 mm (1.4 to 1.6 in).The newly hatched larvae are whitish, marked by dark heads and several dark spots scattered over the body.
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Prey / Diet

Apocynum cannabinum (prairie dogbane)[1]
Asparagus officinalis (garden asparagus)[1]
Beta vulgaris (sea beet)[1]
Chenopodium album (lambsquarters goosefoot)[1]
Citrus aurantium (myrtle-leaved orange tree)[1]
Fagopyrum esculentum (fagopyrum)[1]
Fragaria chiloensis (beach strawberry)[1]
Humulus lupulus (common hops)[1]
Salix fragilis (crack willow)[2]


Parasitized by 
Blondelia hyphantriae[2]
Compsilura concinnata (Tachina fly)[2]
Winthemia quadripustulata[2]



Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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.
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