Hodges # 8228
Caterpillar foods: certain milkweeds including Butterfly Weed and Whorled Milkweed (personal observation)
(Formerly Cycnia inopinatus)
I find these caterpillars every summer, almost all of them on Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata) plants on remnant bluff prairies.
8/28/2011 Caterpillars on Whorled Milkweed
I took several of the caterpillars home, and fed them on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata). I offered Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) but they didn’t eat it.
9/8/2011 One of the pupae
3 pupae were kept over the winter wrapped in a paper towel, then placed in a clay flowerpot buried in the ground up to the rim, and covered with a clay saucer. They were removed from the flowerpot at the end of March 2012, and put into a jar on my screened porch.
5/20/2012 This moth hatched with one deformed wing. I think I had damaged the pupa when I moved it into the flowerpot last fall.
5/20/2012 The damaged wing
5/24/2012 An undamaged moth hatched.
5/25/2012 – I released it into one of our remnant prairies.