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  Lily caterpillar (Spodoptera picta)





Lily caterpillar | Spodoptera picta photo
Lilly caterpillar

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Lily caterpillar | Spodoptera picta photo
Lilly caterpillar

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



LILY CATERPILLAR FACTS

Identification
The lily caterpillar is black with yellow and pale grey or whitish stripes running along the length of the body. There are two black spots like eyes near the rear, and a dark band about a quarter way down the body. The eye is reddish brown. The yellow stripe is bolder on mature caterpillars. The adult moth is reddish brown and cream. Lily caterpillars are a significant horticultural pest of plants in the lily family such as clivias, amaryllis, hymenocallis and crinums. They feed at night on the leaves and also damage the leaf sheath at the base of the plant. This damage often kills the plant.

Size
wingspan 4cm. caterpillar grows to 3cm

Habitat
common pest of gardens and public landscaped areas

Food
Leaves of lily plants

Breeding
Eggs are laid on lily plants. The caterpillar pupates in leaf litter.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Noctuidae
Genus:Spodoptera
Species:picta
Common Name:Lily caterpillar

Relatives in same Genus
  Armyworm (S. litura)
  Lawn Armyworm (S. mauritia)
  Armyworm (S. unknown species)