Anticarsia gemmatalis

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Anticarsia gemmatalis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Eulepidotinae
Tribe: Panopodini
Genus: Anticarsia
Species: A. gemmatalis
Binomial name
Anticarsia gemmatalis
Hübner, 1818
  • Thermesia elegantula Herrich-Schaffer, 1869
  • Anticarsia elegantula

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[1] and velvetbean moth.[2]


  1. ^ The Common Insects Of North America by Lester A. Swan and Charles S. Papp, 1972, page 282-283
  2. ^ ZipCode Zoo Archived May 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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