On Jul 24, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
As pretty as this little fellow is, the caterpillar is very destructive to farm crops. Especially, beans and hops.
Wingspan of 1 1/8",this butterfly is found from southern Canada through Mexico.
On Jul 26, 2006, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:
Identification: One tail on hindwing. Upperside blue-gray with large red spot near tail. Underside of spring/fall form is dark gray, summer form is paler gray. Relatively straight postmedian line is white, bordered with orange on the inside edge.
Caterpillar hosts: Flowers and fruits from an almost endless variety of plants; most often from pea (Fabaceae) and mallow (Malvaceae) families including beans (Phaseolus), clovers (Trifolium), cotton (Gossypium), and mallow (Malva).
Adult food: Nectar from many flower species including dogbane, milkweed, mint, winter cress, goldenrod, tick trefoil, and white sweet clover.
Habitat: Open, nonforested sites; common in disturbed, weedy areas.
Range: Throughout continental United States fr... read more