Pyrgus ruralis ruralis
Photo Life History: Pyrgus ruralis ruralis
Suitable Lab Host Plants: Potentilla hippiana; Potentilla fruticosa
How to Find Female Butterflies: Click here.
How to Care for Live Female Butterflies: Click here.
Methods of Female Oviposition: Portable Cages
How to Find Eggs: Very difficult
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Look for Skipper Nests. (This has proven to be an unreliable method in Northern Utah as I have looked for hours for larvae and have only found one. The most reliable method for me to raise this butterfly is to get eggs from live females. Productivity may be different in other regions of the country.)
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Unknown. Larvae may wander off plant before pupating in the field.
Larva to Pupa:
Number of Broods per Year: 1
Overwintering Stage: pupa
Post-Hibernation Strategies: Provide post-diapause pupae with warmer temperatures, long-day photoperiod; and higher humidity. Pupae will emerge in conjunction with the new growth of its larval host plants in the spring or early summer.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: None.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every three to five days.
Emergence: Emergence Container