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Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

A common landscape plant in the southern United States. They are easy to grow and produce showy flowers.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

Leaves are a good food source for some insects and insect feeding can make the plants unattractive.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

A typical skipper larva having the constricted "neck" behind the head.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

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.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

When a larva is not feeding, it will fold a canna leaf over itself. The folded leaf is secured with silk threads.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

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).

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

After the adult emerges, the empty pupal skin is left behind.

Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III

A typical skipper and not particularly showy