Species Page: Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)


Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Lycaenidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Rank: S2 Tier2

Range: The Harvester is found in the eastern half of the United States. In Nebraska it has been found in the southeastern corner of the state, with the lone exception of one specimen from Furnas County.

Larval Hostplant(s): Larvae of this butterfly dine on aphids that feed on woody plants (ashes, maples, currants and hawthorns).

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods from mid-June to mid-September.

Overwintering: Reported as older larvae, pupae or adults.

Habitat: Found mostly in woodland margins or woodland openings.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 1/4 inches

Found at: Schramm & Pawnee SRAs, Fontenelle Forest, Indian Cave SP, Homestead National Monument, Milford I-80 East Rest Stop

Similar Species: None