A tropical moth of Florida and the Caribbean where the caterpillars live in and eat paradise trees (Simarouba glauca), a relative of tree-of-heaven. When tree-of-heaven began to be planted in the US, and then escaped to become a serious invasive, the moth spread happily north. However, it cannot survive cold winters and must migrate north fresh each year. Unfortunately, it rarely does serious damage to the nasty invasive trees
Very common in the Park in the summer months. Easily identified by its stained-glass pattern; similar moths exist only in the Tropics. The larva is most easily identifed by its habit of forming webs in trees-of-heaven.