Gossamer Wings: Harvester Feniseca tarquinius
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1.13" - 1.25"|
|Habitat:||Wet, bushy woods, especially with alder, beech|
|Flight Period:||Late April to early May; June & August|
|Larval Host Plant:||Larvae feed on wooly aphid nymphs|
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Because the proboscis of the Harvester is very short, they do not feed on flower nectar. This Harvester is sipping minerals from the wet soil.
Wooly aphids on beech tree branches. The Harvester is the only North American butterfly species with carnivorous caterpillars which like to dine on Wooly Aphids.
It certaintly has been a good year for Harvesters. They have been sighted in many Maryland Counties in 2014.