|These are NOT Columbine Duskywing caterpillars|
Initially I thought these were the caterpillars of a species of butterfly called the Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius). Columbine Duskywing caterpillars feed exclusively on the foliage of Columbine plants. In the picture below I can count at least nine larvae . It didn't take them long to completely defoliate some of the plants.
It was only when one of these larvae spun a cocoon and then emerged as an adult that I realized that I had made an error in identification. Click here for an update on the proper identification of these larvae.
|How many larvae can you find?|