Attributes of Feniseca tarquinius

Harvester
Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Miletinae
Identification: Upperside has black spots and orange-brown areas surrounded by black. Underside hindwing is orange-brown to orange-purple with small, faint white circles.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 inches (3 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch in sunlight on the edge of leaves, watching for females, then fly back and forth in the area, returning to where they started. Females lay eggs in colonies of woolly aphids and sometimes scale insects or treehoppers because caterpillars are carnivorous on these insects. For protection from ants, some caterpillars feed under a silken mat covered with aphid carcasses.
Flight: Two flights in the north from May-August; three in the south from February-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Woolly aphids (Neoprociphilus, Pemphigus, Prociphilus, and Schizoneura) and sometimes scale insects or treehoppers; these insects suck sap from alders, witch hazel, ash, beech, hawthorn, and wild currant.
Adult Food: Adult\'s short proboscis is suited for feeding on aphid honeydew; they do not sip flower nectar.
Habitat: Deciduous or mixed woodlands along streams.
Range: Eastern United States west to Minnesota, south to central Texas and central Florida. Comments: Only North American butterfly species with carnivorous caterpillars.
Conservation: Not normally required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 11, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 01, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 Joshua Spence Murray County, Georgia, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 mdrake Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 kent Weakley County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 12, 2014 kbeza31979 Powhatan County, Virginia, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States June 18, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Julius Monroe County, Tennessee, United States May 25, 2014 Details
July 26, 2008 dspicer Jackson County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
April 12, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States May 22, 2014 Details
May 06, 2014 falconer699 Union County, North Carolina, United States May 13, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 appletree Highland County, Ohio, United States April 28, 2014 Details
April 23, 2014 stephen stedman Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States April 24, 2014 Details
April 14, 2014 ms722 Davidson County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2014 Details
March 30, 2014 Doug Bruce Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States March 31, 2014 Details
June 12, 2013 curtis.lehman Putnam County, West Virginia, United States March 15, 2014 Details
August 28, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 13, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States January 29, 2014 Details
August 20, 2013 richardhsmith (Phil Kean) Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 21, 2014 Details
May 11, 2013 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
May 25, 2013 vldeloach Georgia, Towns County, United States August 30, 2013 Details
April 12, 2010 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 Doug Taron Perry County, Indiana, United States August 16, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 Marge VanTassel Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 JLambert Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States July 19, 2013 Details
May 02, 2013 cyric Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 12, 2013 Details
May 25, 2013 vldeloach Georgia, Towns County, United States June 11, 2013 Details
June 07, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States June 11, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 stormyeyes99 Essex County, New York, United States June 06, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 matt sharp Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States May 29, 2013 Details
September 19, 2008 tjantscher Story County, Iowa, United States May 20, 2013 Details
April 23, 2013 webielenberg Blount County, Tennessee, United States May 05, 2013 Details
August 20, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States February 03, 2013 Details
May 06, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Colbert County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 27, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Colbert County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 15, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Colbert County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 2012 jrfleullan Bibb County, Georgia, United States November 27, 2012 Details
July 22, 2012 doris potter Quebec, Canada November 04, 2012 Details
June 25, 2012 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada September 10, 2012 Details
July 17, 2011 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2012 Details
June 17, 2012 S R Butcher Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States August 13, 2012 Details
July 28, 2012 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States August 13, 2012 Details
July 24, 2012 LBruce Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States July 31, 2012 Details
July 17, 2012 rconnorsphoto Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States July 25, 2012 Details
June 08, 2011 Lex718 Sevier County, Tennessee, United States July 18, 2012 Details
July 04, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States July 07, 2012 Details
June 23, 2012 AJ Trently Lake County, Tennessee, United States July 01, 2012 Details