Harvester Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius, 1793)  

Status:

Uncommon and local throughout its eastern U.S. range. Found in woodland habitats in Maryland, seemingly more common in western Maryland.

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The only carnivorous butterfly species in the United States. Harvester caterpillars feed on aphids and other small, sap-loving Hemiptera.

There are 48 records in the project database.

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A Harvester in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/3/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/3/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/25/2011). Photo by Don Haskins. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/28/2017). Photo by Jeff Culler. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (8/25/2018). Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/31/2018). Photo by Paul Faatz. (MBP list)

Harvester in Washington Co., Maryland (5/21/2018). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/30/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Washington Co., Maryland (5/26/2014). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/3/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/21/2011). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/19/2008). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/7/2009). Photo by Mark Linardi. (MBP list)

A Harvester in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/7/2015). Photo by Robin Tress. (MBP list)

A Harvester found during the Howard County Conservancy BioBlitz in Howard Co., Maryland (8/12/2017). Photo by Carrie Harlow. (MBP list)

Harvester caterpillar among Beech Blight Aphids in Howard Co., Maryland (10/2/2014). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Harvester caterpillar amidst a mass of Beech Blight Aphids in Howard Co., Maryland (10/2/2014). The waxy secretions from the aphids get stuck on the hairs of the caterpillar, effectively disguising it. Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)


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