Brushy Creek Recreation Area, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, USA July 30, 2011
As per the new Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern NA book, page 500, this is Hadena ectypa, Campion Coronet. This is good to know because one larva died and I don't yet know if the other one will make it.
Lep larva feeding on the fruits of Silene stellata. Found by L Crim. (Although M Hayne found the first one.)
HOSTS database lists Hadena ectypa as feeding on this plant.
In 2005 I worked for Iowa DNR Prairie Seed Harvest. In an effort to diversify our production prairie plants I tried to collect seeds of this Silene but never found a single seed, all fruits and seeds were gone, assumed eaten. So it was with delight when Moni Hayne found a first larva feeding and Lloyd Crim found a second larva feeding. Ir remains to be seen if I can rear these.
Contributed by MJ Hatfield on 6 August, 2011 - 6:44am Last updated 13 January, 2012 - 5:09pm
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