This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Scottsdale, Arizona Ceres, California Hayward, California San Jose, California Sunnyvale, California Tulare, California Fort Meade, Maryland Billerica, Massachusetts Congers, New York Albany, Oregon Georgetown, South Carolina
On Oct 7, 2013, lori_k from Tulare, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Ravenous caterpillar creatures that love my geraniums and petunias, completely destroying them if not controlled. They leave tiny black droppings under potted plants - a sure sign the plants are infested.