The sweetbay silkmoth, named after the host tree (sweetbay magnolia), can be seen in Florida between February and October. This female made an appearance at the home of Meagan Rathman-Urena, in Lutz. This particular moth only has a lifespan of about two weeks, just long enough to mate and lay eggs. The female usually lays its eggs in short rows on the host plant leaves, but this one laid eggs on one of the homeowner’s window screens. Its habitat includes coastal swamp areas and moist areas in pinewoods.
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