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Photo#50037
Caterpillar? No, Syrphid Larva.

Caterpillar? No, Syrphid Larva.
Incredible Edible Park, Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
April 14, 2006

Aphid eater?
Larvae of Scaeva pyrastri are green with a white stripe, but not quite like this. See Figure 26.
You may want to try to raise one next time. The aphid eaters are easy to keep happy if you give them their favorite food.

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

It is not clear from the pict
It is not clear from the picture, but this could also be a syrphid larvae.

 
Lots of syrphids are in the area
I have a lot of caterpillar shots that weren't intended for Bug Guide, so they were shot rather casually and just from one angle. I'll be posting better images in the future.

Looks like a Lycaenidae with that
short compressed shape. The black spot may be an indication of trouble with a parasitoid. We searched the hostplant database for Lycaenids on composites and got this result. Will search for images for some of these and see.

 
Thanks for your ongoing assistance
Does "composites" refer to the type of flower? The one pictured falls into what I call "feral blooms", in that they are once cultivated plants and now volunteers in a more wild setting.

 
Compositae:
The Sunflower family, also know as the Asteraceae. The "flowers" are actually composed of many smaller flowers: each of the petals is part of a separate flower, and the center also has many flowers- but no petals.

 
Interesting stuff
The plant makes more sense to me now. I had noticed "flowers in flowers" in this and others. Thanks, Chuck.

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