This moth is well adapted to various types of warm climates. It can be found in arid, temperate and even tropical areas. It is most active at the end of summer and into fall. Bougainvillea, petunias and other aromatic flowers make fine places to observe them.
The caterpillar of this moth is a bright green color. It is smooth, lacking bristles. It has 7 distinctive black and yellow stripes on each side, almost like slashes. Its gray face adds the only other color. The caterpillar will eat the leaves of a variety of plants, adding to the adaptive nature of the insect.