Harvester Butterfly

Harvester butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Ah, the Harvester Butterfly. Undeniably one of my favorite butterflies.

This teeny, tiny butterfly is usually found on gravel covered trails that are close to running creeks or streams.

You spot a very small flier, approach slowly, and when you are close enough to make-out wing detail, you conclude with certainty…..Ah, a Harvester!

They are usually loners and once you have successfully approached one, it will allow you to watch it.

Those wings! I love the rich coffee brown broken up by their almost haphazard white rings.

And those elfin eyes……….Oops, I’d better stop here.

We’ve left no space to discuss how the Harvester differs from all other butterflies……………………?

Jeffrey

2 thoughts on “Harvester Butterfly

  1. The larvae of the small, uncommon harvester butterfly, Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius), are the only strictly carnivorous butterfly caterpillars in the United States.

    Because the harvester caterpillar is carnivorous, development proceeds very rapidly, with the larval stage being completed in as little as eight days. Harvester larvae have only four larval instars. Most other butterflies have five (Layberry et al. 2002). First instar larvae may restrain their larger aphid prey with silk prior to attacking them…

    so howz that?

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