Appalachian Azure (Celestrina neglectamajor) - later stage larvae on
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) - Newton County, Arkansas - 6/3/04

What color is Appalachian Azure larvae in Arkansas? What color would you like?

They come in reds and yellows - some are attended by ants

they come in yellow-greens

they can be near white

they can be pale blue-green

they feed primarily on flower buds

they rarely feed on stems

they rarely feed on leaves

extensive feeding on stems here

ejecting feces

Cimicifuga racemosa with flower buds

C. neglectamajor larva with bodyguards

Digital images - Bob Barber