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Mystery Larva

Posted by misssherry Z8/9MS (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 12, 11 at 11:56

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 -

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RE: Mystery Larva

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!


Here is a link that might be useful: Mystery Cat

RE: Mystery Larva

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.

RE: Mystery Larva

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


RE: Mystery Larva*

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

RE: Mystery Larva

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

RE: Mystery Larva

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

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