Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus) Life Cycle

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May 2, 2010 9:38 PM CST
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus) Life Cycle

Caterpillar Host: Pitseed Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlanderi), Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album), Amaranths (Amaranthus) and Cockscomb (Celosia). FYI: Chenopodium is malodorous.

Butterfly Food: Flower nectar

Family: Skippers - Hesperiidae

Scientific Name: Pholisora catullus

Found throughout the United States. Prefers open fields, roadsides, vacant lots and pastures.

Dorsal view - glossy black with tiny white spots on outer forewing. Fresh individuals have a purplish to dark blue iridescent sheen. Worn individuals appear slightly brown to gray.

Wingspan: 2.5 to 3.3 centimeters

Females lay eggs singly on top of host plant leaf. Caterpillars live and feed within refugiums (folded over and silked closed leaf nest).





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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Common Sootywing - ovipositing

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:42 PM CST
I raised and released Common Sootywings on larval host plant Pitseed Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlanderii). Must say this plant STINKS!!!



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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Common Sootywing - egg

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Common Sootywing - first instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:45 PM CST
Common Sootywing - first instar caterpillar - up close

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:46 PM CST
Common Sootywing - second instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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May 2, 2010 9:46 PM CST
Common Sootywing - third instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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May 2, 2010 9:47 PM CST
Common Sootywing - fourth instar caterpillar

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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May 2, 2010 9:48 PM CST
Common Sootywing - last instar starting to silk itself into a nest and form a chrysalis

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Common Sootywing - pupating

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
May 2, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Common Sootywing - chrysalis

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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May 2, 2010 9:53 PM CST
Common Sootywing - adult butterfly

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