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Photo#443953
Larva on red buckwheat flowers.  - Strymon melinus

Larva on red buckwheat flowers. - Strymon melinus
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
August 15, 2010
Size: 1-2 cm

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Alice Abela has confidently stated that this is a Strymon larva. Strymon melinus is common in the vicinity.

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Red Buckwheat
is a known host for Strymon avalona - Avalon Scrub-Hairstreak. Perhaps you could rear it to see the adult...

 
Not surprising
that the red buckwheat is a host for the Avalon Scrub-Hairstreak, as the red buckwheat is endemic to islands off the California coast, and Avalon is a town on Santa Catalina island. This particular plant of Eriogonum grande rubescens, however, is a horticultural specimen in my backyard on mainland California, so I doubt it is hosting a butterfly endemic to Santa Catalina island. Thanks for introducing me to the Avalon Scrub-Hairstreak, though, I probably would never have researched it.

I considered rearing one or more of the larvae, but my buckwheat plants are still quite small, and I didn't want to truncate them too much to provide food for a captive larva.

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