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scientific name    Estigmene acrea    

common name     Salt Marsh Tiger

habitat
Found in open wooded areas, meadows and prairie grassland.

seasonality
Late May to mid June.

identification
The combination of the yellow hindwing and a white forewing in the males is unique. Females have white hindwings, and are somewhat similar to Hypercompe permaculata. Estigmene acrea females can however be distinguished by the white thorax and they are slightly larger in size.

life history
No information available.

conservation
Uncommon.

diet info
Feeds on a number of low-growing plants, and occasionally on deciduous trees and shrubs.

range
Widespread across the U.S. and southern Canada.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=216



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Dave Walter (2009-09-10)
We had two of these as late instar caterpillars eating large holes in an ornamental Bergenia. Larval host range is available - apparently mostly broadleafed weedy plants and crops and they can do significant damage. University of Florida has a good website at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN375

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