Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1294383

Observation date: June 12, 2021
Submitted by: tirvine2020
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Reared from Quercus alba. Found as early instar larva on 5/13. Folds over parts of leaves or leaftiers, occasionally doing a combination of the two by wrinkling one leaf and tying it down to another. In captivity, they tended to makes shelters by spinning silk pathways that folded the leaves over (see photo). Photos of caterpillars progress from latest instars to earliest from top to bottom. Pupated on 5/26 by finding a crease in the leaf and tying the crease closed on itself. The pupa is wrapped in a thin layer of silk that is sort of a tube that encloses the it and attaches to the leaf only at ends of the pupa. The adult eclosed on 6/12, had a FW length of 7.9mm.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: July 23, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.