Pyrgus communis communis
Photo Life History: Pyrgus communis communis
Suitable Lab Host Plants: Alcea rosea (Most any mallows will work in the lab.)
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How to Find Eggs:
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Look for Skipper Nests. However, I have not been able to locate pupae in larval nests. Larvae may wander off plant before pupating.
Larva to Pupa: Larva Changes Color from green to brown before hibernating; green to pink before pupating.
Number of Broods per Year: 2-3
Overwintering Stage: larva (possibly different instars)
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Healthy host plant. It is not difficult to push late-fall feeding larvae through to pupa/adult by providing fresh host plant.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every two to three days.
Emergence: Emergence Container