Harvester

Feniseca tarquinius

Genus Feniseca
Subfamily Harvesters
Family Gossamer-wings
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Occurrence   Statewide except Cape and Islands
Abundance Uncommon to rare
Flight Period Early May to mid-October
Notes Local, closely associated with alders; larvae usually easier to find than adults. Only carnivorous N. American species. 3-week life cycle.
Overwintering Larva
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After viewing the photos here, be sure to look at Marj Rines' outstanding Harvester photojournal. It contains some great photos and text showing the Harvester lifecycle.


Harvester

Photo © Dave Small - 5/16/1999
Royalston
Female Harvester laying eggs (ovipositing) in a colony of Wolly Aphids. When the caterpillars hatch, they will eat the aphids.

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Harvester

Photo by Tom Whelan - 8/23/2003
Medford

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Harvester

Photo by Tom Murray - 7/18/2004
Oxbow NWR, Harvard

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Harvester

Photo by Tom Murray - 7/18/2004
Oxbow NWR, Harvard

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Harvester

Photo by Barbara Spencer

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Harvester

Photo by Tom Murray - 9/14/2003
Wayland Community Gardens, Wayland

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Harvester

Photo by Frank Model - 8/17/2005
Medford
Chrysalis

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Harvester

Photo by Frank Model - 8/23/2006
Medford

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Harvester

Photo by Frank Model - 8/23/2006
Medford

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Harvester

Photo by Frank Model - 8/17/2005
Medford
Nectaring' on wooly aphid 'honeydew'. Note angry ant.

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