09.05.2022 More Aster Attraction

This Blackberry Looper-Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria caught my eye after the Cabbage White flew off.

I haven’t photographed an adult yet but with any luck this larva will give me the opportunity.  When mature, it’s an emerald with white lines and quite attractive. similar to this cousin I shot last year.  There are plenty of New England Aster-Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, blooms out there so it should develop nice and healthy.  Their food is, as you might imagine by the name, blackberries which are not present in our yard but they obviously are not fussy and eat composite flowers as well.  They are found throughout most of the U.S. stopping short of the western states but somehow miss West Virginia and South Dakota.

 

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 09.05.2022 More Aster Attraction

  1. It’s always fun to see a looper, especially when its color harmonizes with the flower it’s on.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    This unusually long caterpillar could be confused with a tiny snake.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice… I’ve been seeing quite a few larvae on my flowers of late… good to know that they’ll end up looking pretty and feeding the birds, too. 🙂

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Good luck – I hope the larva is cooperative! Your asters are in flower well before ours – not sure if ours may be late this year.

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  5. Wally Jones says:

    What a great mingling of color and texture!
    Looking forward to the portrait of the adult.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen one with such distinct segments. It’s really attractive. The last ones I saw were fast, too. I watched them trucking down a boardwalk at truly remarkable speeds.

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