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larger canna leafroller series


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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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A common landscape plant in the southern United States. They are easy to grow and produce showy flowers.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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Leaves are a good food source for some insects and insect feeding can make the plants unattractive.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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A typical skipper larva having the constricted "neck" behind the head.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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Mature larvae are nearly two inches long. Note the network of tracheae that originate from the spiracles and the characteristic dark triangle on the frontal region of the head capsule.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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When a larva is not feeding, it will fold a canna leaf over itself. The folded leaf is secured with silk threads.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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After about 10-14 days of feeding, the larva pupates. Notice the silk thread that secures the pupa on a pad of silk inside a folded canna leaf. Also note the characteristic anterior spine (right) and the enclosed proboscis extending beyond the cremaster (left).

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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After the adult emerges, the empty pupal skin is left behind.

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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
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A typical skipper and not particularly showy