This empty pupa says it all.
Our little green caterpillar from past posts has revealed his identity. He is a male bougainvillea caterpiller moth, Asciodes gordialis. Although I originally thought he might be a pyralid caterpillar, he turns out to belong to the family Crambidae.
Unfortunately, circumstances weren’t the best for taking good photos. For some excellent quality photographs of a male bougainvillea caterpiller moth, see Jim Burns Photos.
Bougainvillea Caterpiller Moth Life Cycle
Let’s recap what we discovered over the last few weeks (with links to past blog posts.)
And then it pupated.
Maybe someday I’ll be able to find some eggs, and we’ll have the complete life cycle.
Want to learn more about moths? National Moth Week is coming up July 22 through 30, 2017. Check the website for events near you.
This year the focus will be on tiger moths.