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Camouflaged Larva on Maximilian Sunflower 8168

I took this picture of yummy yellow Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) on still-undeveloped land at the west end of Mocha Trail in far north Austin on October 20.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman


The question posed by this post’s title refers to the well-camouflaged little caterpillar hanging out between the lower part of the Maximilian’s disk flowers and several ray flowers, one of which you may have also noticed has been nibbled on an edge. The good folks at bugguide.net have tentatively identified the larva as being from a moth in the genus Stiria (if you follow that link, you can have a much closer look at the caterpillar on this sunflower).

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 3, 2015 at 4:45 AM

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