Feniseca

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Harvester
Harvester, Mer Bleue.jpg
Feniseca tarquinius.jpg
Underside
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Feniseca
Grote, 1869
Species: F. tarquinius
Binomial name
Feniseca tarquinius
(Fabricius, 1793)
Subspecies
  • F. t. tarquinius
  • F. t. novascotiae McDunnough, 1935
Synonyms

Hesperia tarquinius Fabricius, 1793

Feniseca tarquinius, the harvester, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, and the only member of the monotypic genus Feniseca. It is found in North America.

This butterfly is the only carnivorous (i.e., insectivorous) butterfly in North America. It is found in early spring until fall and is generally scarce. It lives in wooded areas near streams close to alders.[1]

The wingspan is 23–32 mm.[2]

The larvae feed on various aphids, such as Neoprociphilus, Pemphigus, Prociphilus, and Schizoneura.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Kenn; Brock, Jim P. (2003). "Coppers and Harvester". Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Houghton Mifflin Books. pp. 80–81. ISBN 978-0-618-76826-4.
  2. ^ Harvester, Butterflies of Canada

External links[edit]

  • Harvester, Butterflies and Moths of North America
  • Feniseca at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera