|Pale Shoulder Pitcherplant Moths (Exyra semicrocea)|
in Whitetop Pitcherplant (Sarracenia leucophylla)
The adult females will lay eggs inside young pitchers.
|After a couple weeks, the Pale Shoulder Pitcherplant Looper has woven webbing across the mouth of the pitcher, which effectively excludes many potential predators.|
After noticing the adult moths perching inside the pitcherplant but not becoming meals for the plant as do most insects that enter, I became curious about them. I found some good information on larval identification in Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America.