Mystery Larva

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)July 12, 2011

Several years ago, I posted a picture of a larva to hopefully get an ID on it. I can't remember what plant I found it on, but nobody knew what it was. As I recall, I brought it in to raise, but it died.

This year I've found two of them on P. incarnata/maypops, and I don't want to raise them myself, since the first one died.

They're real small, only about 1/4" long -


Sherry

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nardaf

Sherry--since you seem to be so good in identifying larvae, could you please identify this one for me? Pls click on link...I need to feed it asap!

Thanks!!
Narda

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 7:08PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

There are many moth caterpillars, in particular loopworms/inchworms, who look like your caterpillar, Narda. Some of them eat certain plants, and some are generalists.
If I were you, I'd offer it a variety of leaves and see what it likes. When it's done eating, it should make its cocoon, and you'll get to see the which moth it is.
Sherry

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 10:14PM
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nardaf

Thanks, Sherry---do you think you could narrow it down more specifically? If you could, that would be helpful--this way I could narrow down the host plants.

Thanks in advance

Gaby

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 10:16PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Okay, how about juniper or other conifers - offer the needles, willows, and wild black cherry.
Sherry

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 10:24PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Sherry, yours is the larvae of the Passionflower Flea Beetle. I'll attach some more images for you so you can quickly see what the adult looks like.

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 12:57AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Thank you SO much, Rhizo!
I see the adult beetles in the pictures you linked frequently - 'looks like they've been laying some eggs!
Sherry

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 9:19AM
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