Satyrium saepium provo
Photo Life History: Satyrium saepium provo
Habitat: Mountain Canyons
Host Plants: Ceanothus velutinus
Suitable Lab Host Plants:
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Nectaring techniques
Methods of Female Oviposition:
How to Find Eggs:
How to Hatch Eggs:
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Bang the inflorescens (flowers) of the host plant. By doing this at the right time of the year, and placing a butterfly net or other flat surface under the flowers, it is not difficult to flush out all sorts of butterfly and moth larvae; (as well as ants and other bugs). Click here for video.
Caterpillar setups: Closed Container;
Overwintering Stage: Ovum
Overwintering Strategies: Alpine Overwintering Technique
Larva to Pupa: Larva Changes Color (From green to brown)
Emergence: Emergence Container
Number of Broods per Year: 1
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Not necessary. Larvae found on host plant are post-diapause.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every two days. Caterpillars can get sick in a closed container if overexposed to their own frass.
Field Notes: Was able to find five larvae on 27 Jun 2008; on Skyline Drive to Bountiful Peak; 2 miles East of Centerville Canyon; West side Wasatch Mountains; 7000'; 3.5 miles South Bountiful Peak; UT: Davis County by banging on the flowers of Ceanothus velutinus. I was also able to locate larvae of Incisalia augustinus annettae using the same method.