Harvester, Feniseca tarquinius

Harvester

Feniseca tarquinius

Description:
A small butterfly with a wingspan up to 1.25 inches. The upper surface has mainly black margins and an orange interior, with black spots on the frontwing. Below, the Harvester has some orange on the front, but the hind wing is distinguished by the the reddish brown color and distinctive white-outlined markings.

Habitat:
Found in woodland habitats especially near water.

Flight:   
The Harvester is triple-brooded in Wisconsin and can be found from May to late August.

Notes:   
The Harvester is found almost entirely in woodland habitat. It is unique among butterflies in that its larvae are carnivorous and feed upon woolly aphids.

Further Information:   

 Design A Butterfly Garden
 Take The Butterfly Quiz
 Monarch Life Cycle
 Butterflies and Moths of North America
 WisconsinButterflies.org
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

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