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Spilosoma virginica (yellow woollybear)

Wikipedia Abstract

Spilosoma virginica is a species of moth in the Arctiinae subfamily. As a caterpillar, it is known as the yellow woolly bear or yellow bear caterpillar. As an adult, it is known as the Virginia tiger moth.
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Wing Span [1]  1.7 inches (.042 m)

Prey / Diet

Acer negundo (box elder)[2]
Acer rubrum (red maple)[2]
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)[2]
Alcea rosea (hollyhock)[2]
Asparagus officinalis (garden asparagus)[2]
Beta maritima (sea beet)[2]
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)[2]
Chenopodium album (lambsquarters goosefoot)[2]
Citrullus lanatus (watermelon)[2]
Glycine max (soybean)[3]
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower)[3]
Lactuca sativa (Lettuce)[3]
Medicago sativa (yellow alfalfa)[3]
Passiflora incarnata (purple passionflower)[3]
Prunus persica (peach)[3]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[3]
Zea mays (corn)[3]


Parasitized by 
Blondelia hyphantriae[3]
Compsilura concinnata (Tachina fly)[3]
Exorista mella[3]
Gymnocarcelia ricinorum[3]
Lespesia aletiae[3]
Lespesia frenchii[3]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Auditory influences on the flight behaviour of moths in a Nearctic site. I. Flight tendency, Scott B. Morrill and James H. Fullard, CAN. J. ZOOL. VOL. 70, 1992, pp. 1097-1101
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit 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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