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Distinctive lep larva, hoary puccoon  - Ethmia

Distinctive lep larva, hoary puccoon - Ethmia
Heritage Valley, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
July 9, 2011
Distinctive larva wrapped in silk and curled leaves of hoary puccoon, Lithospermum canescens
Unable to rear
Hill prairie #4

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Distinctive lep larva, hoary puccoon  - Ethmia Distinctive lep larva, hoary puccoon  - Ethmia

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Ethmia
I believe that this is a subterminal-instar larva of Ethmia longimaculella. It would be great if you could find it again in the future and rear it.

 
Thank you.
Are you comfortable with Ethmia longimaculella such that I can move it?

I just looked through every Ethmia photo and I don't think I have ever seen a single one.

One of the problems with the rearing of this one was that I didn't have a local source of host plant and the cuttings did not last long enough. By the time I found a source (next county over) it was probably too late. (Since moving here I've not yet discovered locations of a variety of plants.)

 
Ethmia sp.
I would suggest leaving it at Ethmia sp. for now. The reason is that, based on hostplant and geographical range, there is another candidate, E. monticola, and I never have seen the larva of that species or a description of it.

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